Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and his executive board met with the public Monday, outlining his strategic plan for dealing with issues facing the Capital City.
In what the mayor's office is calling a "dignity economy," he's now aimed his sights on what he wants Jackson to have.
Dr. Robert Blaine, chief administrative officer for the city, was the focal point at the meeting and presented what they hope to have in the city in the near future.
"Healthy citizens, a focus on physical and mental health of citizens and communities through clean air, clean water, availability of healthy food and recreation," said Dr. Blaine. "The second goal is safe neighborhoods. We have a focus on an educational system that aligns with early childhood education. Most importantly, we have to have jobs in a growing tax base. We have to create a new vision for ourselves and ask ourselves how do we have a Jackson that really creates this vision of the new south."
Blight elimination, carbon neutrality, focusing on growing a business district and even public art in Jackson are some of the items on the mayor's wish list.
Mayor Lumumba also went on to say that the city was in a certain mode for the past couple of years, and it's now time to change the setting.
"We've been in a reactive mode," said Mayor Lumumba. "We've been in often crisis management mode, and so we're trying to look at how we move to not only creating a more stable plain, but how we look at optimization. We believe we have to make certain that we have a city that demonstrates an appreciation for the human dignity that every person has."
The first thing on the to-do list is getting 5 percent of blight demolished in the city over the next couple of months.