Knoxville Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address

Mayor Indya Kincannon will present her 2024-25 budget and discuss city priorities.

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon will deliver her State of the City Address and present her proposed 2024-25 budget to City Council members and the public at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2024, at the Tennessee Amphitheater at World’s Fair Park.

In her speech, Mayor Kincannon will focus on honoring commitments and seeing transformational projects through to completion. She will highlight the major progress being made in enhancing public safety, creating great public spaces, building communities, creating jobs and economic opportunity, relieving the housing crisis, and reducing Knoxville’s carbon footprint.

Guests will also see work that’s begun at the base of the nearby Sunsphere, where a Clinch Avenue street-level welcome center overlooking World’s Fair Park is under construction. This project is a collaboration between the City, Knox County, Visit Knoxville, the Public Building Authority, and talented design and construction teams.

Light food and beverage refreshments will be provided to State of the City guests who pre-register by calling the City’s 3-1-1 line (3-1-1 or 865-215-4311) by April 24. Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) buses will be shuttling people to the event from the City County Building and the Civic Coliseum Garage starting at 9:30 a.m. and returning guests until 12:30 p.m.

The State of the City event will continue its environmentally-friendly efforts, including eliminating paper invitations, providing an online program accessible via QR code, and offering water from a portable water filling station. Open seating will be available at the event.

The City of Knoxville ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws. For language translation services, contact the City’s Human Resources Department at [email protected] or 865-215-3100. For disability accommodations, contact City ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook at [email protected] or 865-215-2034.

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