HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck hosted a State of the City address Thursday morning.

The state of the city address was held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The event’s theme this year is “Making a Splash.”

An audience of more than 500 attended the event, which was put on by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tuck delivered the address virtually in 2020, and last year’s event was canceled.

During his speech, Tuck highlighted the new Hampton Aquaplex as an “example of new thriving businesses and developments in the city.”

He outlined the economic impact of the new Aquaplex, noting that one event alone — the 2023 USA Artistic Swimming Junior Olympic Championship — is projected to fill more than 2,100 local hotel room nights and generate an economic impact of $3.7 million for Hampton Roads.

Tuck noted that the city has seen a rise in violent crime since the start of the pandemic, noting that Hampton’s numbers reflect similar trends all across the country.

 “It is unacceptable,” he said. “I have become personally involved in this issue and rallied the other mayors in Hampton Roads. Regional issues need regional solutions. We must work together.”

Additionally, Tuck said Hampton has directed $2.4 million in federal pandemic funds toward programs for young people, including at-risk youth.

Read more from Tuck’s address HERE.

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