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Harrisburg mayor's third annual 'State of the City' address set for next week

HARRISBURG—Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse will present his annual State of the City address next week in a nontraditional way at the YMCA.

Tickets for the Continental breakfast event are still available through Friday for the discounted price of $35. Tickets will still be available next week but the price increases to $60. Doors for the event open at 8 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 19 at the Camp Curtin YMCA at 2135 North Sixth Street with breakfast starting at 8:20 a.m.

Mayors from Harrisburg have typically given their annual address at the Hilton hotel in downtown as a fundraiser for the regional business chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation.

But Papenfuse broke ties between his annual address and the chamber last year after a series of disputes over CREDC’s level of support for the financially struggling city.

Papenfuse appeared at CREDC’s annual event last month as part of a mayoral panel discussing the “State of Our Cities.” But he said he remained committed to saving his “State of the City” speech for a venue that could benefit nonprofits in the city.

Papenfuse will talk specifically about his vision for Harrisburg at the YMCA event with the theme of “Strengthening Our Roots as a City and Region.”

Company sponsorships for the event are available from $500 to $2,500.

Proceeds from the event will benefit a coalition of nonprofits in the city, including  including the Camp Curtin YMCA, Women of Color Network, the African American Chamber of Central PA, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central PA, the Harrisburg Police Athletic League, the Central PA LGBT Center and the Latino Hispanic American Community Center.

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