News Release - Mayor Releases 4th Episode of State of the City

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, June 17, 2021) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren today released the fourth episode of the 2021 State of the City. Entitled “Teaching to Fish” it focuses on the City’s efforts to financially empower residents, create jobs and assist entrepreneurs. The work of the City’s Office of Community Wealth Building under the leadership of Dr. Lomax Campbell is also featured.

“The 2021 State of the City and my Equity and Recovery Agenda are focused one goal, lifting up every Rochester family and providing equity and fairness for all,” said Mayor Warren. “It’s my plan to continue our success creating more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and greater educational opportunities.”

The episode also discusses the new ROC City Home Grown program recently approved by City Council. ROC City Home Grown looks to expand urban agriculture with a focus on economic empowerment.

The City’s first New American Advisory Council (NAAC) is also prominent in the video. The NAAC will create connections between recent arrivals to our community and the City, as well as with community services. The goal is to ensure that all Rochester residents can achieve the American dream. Legislation to formally create the NAAC has been submitted for July consideration by City Council.

“ROC City Home Grown and the New Americans Advisory Council are about meeting every resident where they are and giving them paths to achieve their full potential,” said Mayor Warren. “They build upon the other parts of the ERA Agenda, including our Buy the Block program to increase homeownership, our work to provide reparations through a Universal Basic Income pilot and the creation of an Office of Neighborhood Safety. Together, all of these efforts will build a stronger Rochester!”

The latest video, prior videos and the entirety of the State of City and Mayor Warren’s Equity and Recovery Agenda can be found at