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July 31, 2019
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Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831
Mick Hale, Leadership Lincoln, 402-441-4661

Mayor to Present State of the City Address in September

Mayor partners with Leadership Lincoln on event for fourth year

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird will present her first State of the City Address Tuesday, September 17 at a public breakfast at the Embassy Suites, 1040 "P" Street. For the fourth year, Leadership Lincoln will co-host the event and will introduce its new classes for 2019-2020. The breakfast buffet will begin at 7:15 a.m., and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. Individual tickets ($30) and group table reservations are available at There is no charge for those who do not want breakfast, and a small section of seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Lincoln is poised for more growth over the next four years, and I look forward to sharing our plans during my first State of the City Address," said Mayor Gaylor Baird, who participated in Leadership Lincoln's Executive Series in 2005. "I want to thank Leadership Lincoln for partnering with us on this event and for its long history of effective leadership development for our community."

"This is special year for us as we celebrate our 35th year developing strong leaders for a stronger Lincoln," said Mick Hale, Executive Director of Leadership Lincoln. "We're excited to hear the Mayor's vision and to introduce the participants in our three adult cohorts and our youth cohort."

Hale said last year's event sold out, so it has moved to the Embassy Suites to accommodate more people. "It's exciting to see that so many members of the public are actively engaged in the life of our community and want to be more informed and involved," Hale said.

Leadership Lincoln engages individuals from diverse backgrounds in its four programs. Since its founding in 1985, about 3,500 people have participated in the monthly gatherings, giving participants the opportunity to go behind the scenes to meet Lincoln's business, health, education, government and nonprofit leaders. The organization is the largest of its kind in Nebraska, and it works closely with the City, Chamber of Commerce, educational institutions and other businesses and organizations in Lincoln.

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