Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski to deliver State of the City address Wednesday
Brandon Bochenski has been the head of Grand Forks' city government since June. He's set to deliver his first State of the City address on Wednesday.
Mayor Brandon Bochenski is set to deliver his first State of the City address this week, the city’s first all-virtual mayoral address.
Bochenski, whom city voters installed in the top administrative post at Grand Forks City Hall about nine months ago, is set to speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday about the COVID-19 pandemic, what city staff have accomplished over the past year, and upcoming developments and projects in the city. The pandemic pushed Bochenski’s address more or less totally online, but it’s still set to be broadcast on city television and the city’s Facebook page.
Prior State of the City speeches have put together sweeping views for Grand Forks’ future. In 2019, then-Mayor Mike Brown suggested a forthcoming “ billion-dollar boom ” powered by a series of private developments and public infrastructure projects, and, last year, that the city could become a “ destination city 3.0 ” by removing bureaucratic obstacles for developers and pushing the city’s community development staff to work more closely with the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation.
Bochenski’s speech on Wednesday may be followed by an online press conference of some variety, as well.