25 JAN 2022
The 2022 Annual State of the City Address

AIKEN, SC – The 2022 Annual State of the City Address premiered as a virtual event on January 24, 2022, at 6 PM. Mayor Rick Osbon shared recent accomplishments and a vision for the year ahead.

“While we all wish we were presenting the State of the City in person, the virtual presentation is a great medium to show the potential and progress of the many opportunities facing the city,” stated Aiken City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh.

The quintessential segment of Mayor Rick Osbon’s address was the presentation of the Aiken Award with a proclamation recognizing Aiken health care professionals as recipients of the 2022 Aiken Award. Proclamations were presented on January 18, 2022, at Aiken Regional Hospital and Clyburn Center for Primary Care on behalf of Aiken health care professionals throughout our city.

“We chose the Aiken Healthcare Professional as our 2022 Aiken award recipient. As we faced this pandemic over the last 22 months, their courage and compassion have provided care and comfort to those in need and their loved ones,” commented Aiken City Mayor Rick Osbon

“Thank you to the Mayor, City of Aiken, and our community for recognizing the dedication of each of our healthcare workers,” said Jim O’Loughlin, Chief Executive Officer at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. “Our team is committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community, and we are grateful for the continued support we have received.”

“We are incredibly honored that Aiken City Council gave special recognition to our health care professionals for their exceptional patient care, heroism, and excellence in the face of crisis. This recognition highlights how our efforts have positively impacted our community at a clinical level, which will remain our top priority,” said Carolyn Emanuel-McClain, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Health Services,

In his address, Mayor Osbon discussed the state of our city as the event is named. His remarks included progress on various projects such as the Richland Avenue Corridor, Sand River Stormwater Project, Powderhouse Connector, and other vital projects in Aiken.

“As our citizens watch it, I hope they become as excited about Aiken’s future as we, on City Council. As we progress, we want to recognize the great staff we have at the city. They are dedicated to providing excellent service to our citizens,” remarked Mayor Osbon.