Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis to deliver annual State of the City Address

March 17, 2017

Gresham Mayor Shane T. Bemis will deliver his annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, March 22.

The speech, considered one of Gresham's signature civic events, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Gresham Armory, 544 NE Division Street. The speech is delivered to an audience of City Councilors, community and neighborhood leaders, and residents. Attendees have the option of purchasing a plated lunch through the event co-host, the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, or enjoying complimentary refreshments in the additional free seats. 

"The Chamber is honored to co-host this important event, and we welcome all citizens of Gresham to the Armory. It's a chance to hear personally from our Mayor about the plans for this community that we all love," said Sue Piazza, Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Board President. 

In this year's speech, Bemis will report back to the community continued progress on opportunities for children and family, including an exciting new partnership to connect adult volunteer mentors with local kids in need of extra support. Other key themes include economic development, the City's innovations in 21st Century Policing, the most significant residential street maintenance project in the City's history, and the opening of Hogan Butte Nature Park. 

"This event is such a great opportunity to take a moment and celebrate, as a community, how far we've come in a year. I'm even more excited to share my thoughts on where we go from here, and how we can--and will--continue to build upon our successes and overcome our challenges," Bemis said.

The general public is encouraged to attend. To make a reservation, or for more information, visit For those that cannot attend, the event will be streamed live, courtesy of MetroEast Community Media, on the City's Facebook page as well as the Facebook page of Mayor Bemis. In addition, the video and a speech transcript will be posted at after the event.