First State of the City address set for July 23

Published 7:52 pm Friday, July 16, 2021

NATCHEZ — In the past year, the City of Natchez has evolved from surviving a pandemic to thriving with a number of new developments and businesses, despite the circumstances of 2020, Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson said.

To celebrate, Gibson is giving the first of what he said will be an annual State of the City Address from the bandstand on the Natchez bluff at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 23.

This will be followed by a party that Gibson himself is hosting at Rolling River Reloaded, one of Natchez’s newest restaurants owned by local party planner Robbie Cade-Furdge and her husband Maurice Furdge.

The party is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. after the address at the restaurant at 406 Main St., and is free and open to the public, Gibson said.

There, Natchez musician YZ Ealey and his band will be providing the night’s entertainment.

Gibson said the celebration is needed after the city has witnessed a record number of new jobs, new building permits, new business permits, real estate closings and more in recent months.

Additionally, the city has signed leases for the renovation of the historic train depot on Broadway Street into a restaurant and event space and docking space for three river cruise companies among other projects still in the making.

“I’m throwing a party and I’m inviting everybody to come,” Gibson said while broadcasting on WTYJ radio. “I want everyone to come out to the speech, celebrate our victories there and then follow us to Rolling River.”

Gibson said one year ago on July 14, he was elected to be the mayor of Natchez.

While much as occurred for the City of Natchez over the last year, Gibson said there is more work to be done. “If you look back from then until now, a lot of progress has been made. I’m excited and I invite you all to celebrate … (There is) definitely more work to do—much more. But we have made progress,” he said.