To Amarillo’s State Of the City
How do we do a state of the city address during a pandemic? Like many things in 2020 – the answer is “differently.” Amarillo’s State of the City 2020 will be a virtual event that combines interviews from leaders across our city with a website that reports data to citizens about how our city performed over the last year. We took a camera and went all over the city to hear from citizens of all different ages and backgrounds in order to accurately present the state of our entire city, not just our city government.
We discovered that our city is suffering but not quitting. We are grieving but not without hope. We are uncertain about some circumstances but rooted in our beliefs about faith, family, and country.
As a city, we are still on our mission to create a place where every citizen has the opportunity to reach their potential for greatness. You can join us by watching the State of the City video, watching the full interviews on any topic, or scanning the website to learn more about how our city is doing on its mission for greatness.
Amarillo Public Health is responsible for promoting and protecting health while preventing disease with integrity and compassion for our community. Each of the accomplishments this year have been with this mission in mind.
The Amarillo Police Department (APD) continues a commitment to taking positive actions that make Amarillo safer and engaging with residents to improve feelings of safety. Part of the mission is to build trust between the police department and Amarillo residents, which is proven to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
New police chief hired in 2020 – Chief Martin Birkenfeld has over 30 years experience at APD
Because of COVID, the City redesigned how it takes care of customers over the past 7 months. The City worked to serve customers more remotely and in safe manners that adhere to CDC requirements while maintaining excellent customer service. The current pandemic changed the way staff interacts with our customers and made us rethink how we conduct certain areas of our business.
Streets + Roads
Street infrastructure remains a top priority for the City of Amarillo. We continue to invest in our street assets and strive to provide maintenance services in the most efficient, effective, and economical manner.
Transit and Airport
The Rick Husband International Airport and Amarillo City Transit (ACT) have spent a significant amount of time responding to the impacts of COVID-19.
The City of Amarillo continues to make progress toward improving the overall economy for its residents and businesses through strategic investments and improvements to the development process.
Parks & Rec
Amarillo Parks and Recreation is committed to bridging our community through parks and programs while providing a multitude of physical, mental and emotional health and wellness opportunities to its many diverse citizens. Studies support that parks create positive economic and ecological benefits within a community, but 2020 proved that parks are essential to our citizens!
2020 has been an eventful, impactful, and unpredictable year for our country. For the Amarillo Fire Department (AFD), it has been no different. In April, Fire Chief Jeff Greenlee retired and was succeeded by Deputy Chief of Operations, Jason Mays. District Chief Brandon Mason was appointed to that vacancy.
Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare
Our drive-thru pet food pantry was a joint effort between Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare and Merrick Pet Care, which began on April 2nd and ended on May 14th.
A New Beginning
Amarillo and its residents are resilient. We are a city of nearly 200,000 people and yet we are all connected in some way.
All of this difficulty will see an opportunity present itself for our city. Our mission is for every citizen to achieve their potential for greatness and we will leave no one behind on that mission. We need each other, and 2020 has taught us that the people of Amarillo will do whatever it takes to make this city a success.
We are courageous, we are united and we are strong. Every tomorrow is a new beginning for us.