COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop’s message to local residents was one of hope and encouragement as city residents enter a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to adjust daily life to its challenges.
After nearly a year of working to help the city respond proactively to pandemic challenges, Leinhoop said he is still looking forward with a sense of hope.
“I didn’t understand then the challenges 2020 would bring,” he said in his 2021 State of the City address. “But Columbus has a significant legacy and significant assets, and both leave me excited about our future.”
Lienhoop’s annual State of the City address was filmed ahead of time and streamed on the city’s website. While this speech is typically a public event that showcases entertainment and local food and includes a second speaker, the mayor said it seemed best to go virtual due…