The city of Chandler will host its annual State of the City event on Thursday, Feb. 17, according to a news release from the city. The event serves as a way for the city to highlight accomplishments made in the last year and let residents know what the city will focus on in the new year.
The event takes place at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Mayor Kevin Hartke will take the stage to deliver his remarks at 6:30 p.m. Following the mayor's address, the public is invited to stay for a free concert from 7-7:45 p.m. featuring multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Quetzal Guerrero, also known as QVLN (Q-Violin). Attendees will be able to enjoy a sampling of local food and beverages from Chandler restaurants prior to the event starting.
This State of the City also will kick off the mayor’s Chandler Changemakers initiative that aims to highlight the youth in Chandler who are making waves locally and beyond. This campaign will continue throughout 2022; residents who know of Chandler students making a difference in their community are encouraged to submit their names to the council office via email to [email protected].
A new component to the State of the City event is a youth art contest, in which local students can enter to win a $500 scholarship. The theme of the contest is “What does Chandler look like through your eyes?” and there will be three winners per age group. Age groups include ages 6-9, ages 10-13 and ages 14-18. First place winners will receive $500, second place winners will receive $250 and third place winners will receive $100, according to the city.
The State of the City speech will be available on demand at chandleraz.gov/stateofthecity shortly after the event concludes. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are preferred, but not required. Attendees may RSVP online at chandleraz.gov/stateofthecity.