Events highlight road to recovery for Bristol: Mayor delivers annual State of the City address

09 Oct 2020

Events highlight road to recovery for Bristol

A series of free events next week will highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Bristol and what is needed to prepare for winter, Brexit and the city’s economic recovery.

Bristol City Council is supporting the events, which will run until 16 October, in partnership with the Festival of Ideas, Housing Festival, Bristol One City and Business West.

Events include the annual State of the City Address, where Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, will reflect on the past few months and lay out his vision for the coming year. From parents juggling home schooling with work, to those who have been impacted the hardest by furlough, redundancy or shielding; the mayor will recognise the amazing efforts of Bristol’s citizens, and the much-needed ongoing support for those whose lives have been impacted.

During the speech, the Mayor will discuss the strategy for economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, and share the key regeneration and transport projects which are being prioritised to stimulate the economy.

Other themes of the events, which are open to the public, include the role of property and construction to boost the economy, how businesses can prepare for winter and Brexit, and how we respond to climate and ecological emergencies.

The week will culminate in the launch of the first city-wide economic recovery plan which will look at how we can move the economy forward which has been so severely impacted by COVID-19.

Mayor Rees said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been seen major changes and upheaval, at an unprecedented speed, across every level of our lives. The impact has touched every corner of the city, from health and family, education and skills, culture and society, our city's places and the environment, to our economy, businesses, investment and jobs.

“We know that much of the impact has hardest hit people who were already struggling, those already disadvantaged by the systemic, entrenched inequality in our society.

“Talking and sharing ideas at these events will help open up how we can best work together to overcome the challenges ahead.” 

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