VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer gave his annual State of the City address Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Hampton Roads Chamber, Mayor Dyer and City Manager Patrick Duhaney highlighted key business development initiatives, provided strategic municipal progress updates, addressed challenges and provided a glimpse into the city's future.
The presentation included videos featuring business and organization happenings; capital improvement program projects and new event announcements. The talk focused on the city’s path to “Recover, Reinvest and Reimagine” the future while navigating the current pandemic.
During his speech, Dyer announced that a new sports event will come to the city beginning in 2023. Jackalope, a three-day action sports festival featuring skateboarding, base jumping, rock climbing and more.
The 2022 State of the City was held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
Last year's State of the City was a virtual address due to COVID restrictions. This year, according to a Hampton Roads Chamber representative, about 900 guests attended the event from community members to business leaders and local mayors from around the 757.