Local Leaders Provide State of the Community for Saginaw, Saginaw County

The Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce hosted Ste of the Community addresses for both the city and county of Saginaw Thursday, February 4. The event was held virtually with more than 200 people in attendance.

Saginaw Mayor Brenda Moore looked back at the past year and forward into 2021. The city, like so many others, faced several challenges in 2020, especially the coronavirus pandemic. There was also a rise in violent crime, an economic downturn, a strong election turnout and more.

Moore says despite all of those issues, city staff and elected officials were able to come together to provide residents with services and assistance.

“(2020) brought us together for a change, a change is about to come. The city staff provided safe and highly qualified services to our community, and businesses during this… entire pandemic.”

Moore says going into 2021, she hopes residents can come together and show love for the city.

Saginaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Carl Ruth provided an update on county operations. He praised county departments for continuing services throughout the year as COVID-19 ravaged the population.

Ruth says the message of the county has been consistent during this time.

“In this COVID issue, our key phrase would be always, ‘Wear a mask, wash hands, social distance and get a vaccine as soon as possible.'”

Ruth says he hopes 2021 will be a blank canvas for the next normal, with innovation to be more imaginative than ever.