VML Voice: February 26, 2021 – Petersburg, Part 2Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:12pm
Petersburg: How to Save a City (part 2)
In part 1, we explored how Petersburg nearly went off the rails when it faced financial ruin just a few short years ago. In part 2 we spend some more time with Mayor Samuel Parham, City Manager Aretha Ferrell Benavides, Deputy City Manager Lionel Lyons and Economic Development Manager Clay Hamner as they discuss some recent good news and their hopes for the future of the city that is now back on track. VML’s financial policy analyst Neal Menkes makes a special appearance to help us set the record straight on the state’s role in saving the city back in 2016. We also check in with Bill Hartsock, a member of the Historic Petersburg Foundation and real estate agent to discuss the city’s unique and flourishing real estate market.