By Audrey Spencer
Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE — The city, in conjunction with the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce, the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation and the Copperas Cove Independent Schoool District, will offer the State of the City address and host the Meet the City event Wednesday.

“It’s a great opportunity for citizens, individuals, businesses and leaders of other cities to see the growth and development coming to the city,” said Betty Price, vice president of the Cove Chamber of Commerce.

The State of the City 2011: Progress on the Horizon event will be held at 10 a.m. in the Lea Ledger Auditorium at Copperas Cove High School, at 200 S. 25th St.

The event will feature a presentation on the growth, development and progress in the community given by City Manager Andrea Gardner, according to a news release.

The tagline “Progress on the Horizon” comes from major projects started in the city this year, Price said.

“We’ve had two groundbreakings for two major highways,” she said. “There’s so much on the horizon, and we want to highlight the progress.”

The Meet the City event will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Copperas Cove Civic Center, located at 1206 W. Avenue B.

The event offers an opportunity for the community to meet employees with different city departments and learn what they do, and will include games, a bounce house and photos with Sparky and McGruff the Crime Dog, a release stated.

Hot dogs, chips and drinks will also be provided at no charge, and those who attend can register for a chance to win door prizes, such as Apple iPod products.

“We want to encourage every citizen to attend,” Price said. “You don’t always get to see or hear everything that’s going on in a city, and there’s quite a bit of development and constant improvement.”