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Mayor Whaley Delivers Annual 'State Of The City' Speech

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivers the 2016 State of the City address at City Hall
Jerry Kenney
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivers the 2016 State of the City address at City Hall

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivered the annual State of the City address Wednesday at City Hall.

In the 20 minute speech, the Mayor outlined the city’s progress in job growth, infrastructure improvements, and investments in revitalization projects like the Dayton Arcade, Welcome Dayton and residential housing in the downtown area.

But the Mayor said more work needs to be done on vacant and abandoned residential and commercial structures, particularly on the city’s west side. She also said education, including kindergarten readiness, continues to be a struggle for the city.

“Really focusing on high quality schools, high quality pre-schools, and that every child gets a chance at it. I mean, I think those are the two key points and then we have to make sure that we as a community figure out a way to make that happen," she said. "That’s the transformative part for us in the next twenty years.”

Whaley said 80% of Dayton children are behind already when they start kindergarten, but she cited the City of Learners Committee, the Mentoring Collaborative, and the Read On program as three approaches Dayton was taking to tackle the problem.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.