March 1, 2016
State of the City Address: Investing in Tucson
Below is the introduction to the mayor’s State of the City Address. To read the complete speech, click here.
“Good afternoon. Welcome to the 2016 State of the City Address.
I’d like to thank the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Tucson Convention Center for hosting this year’s event, and I’d like to thank the Chamber for sharing proceeds with three local nonprofits: the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Living Streets Alliance and Pima County Joint Technical Education District or JTED.
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona offers adoption, education, and spay/neuter programs, serving pets and the people who love them; Living Streets Alliance promotes multimodal transportation and pedestrian and bike safety, making Tucson more attractive to millennials and more livable for all; and Pima County JTED provides affordable career and technical education to high school students, creating a job-ready workforce.
Please join me in thanking the Chamber for its contribution and these nonprofits for their work.
I’d also like to thank my colleagues on the City Council, staff—both city staff and my staff—and everyone who worked with me or my office on various initiatives. City Manager Michael Ortega deserves special mention and thanks for putting forward a plan to bring the city to a structurally balanced budget over the next two fiscal years.
This is my first State of the City Address of my second term as mayor.
Before I talk about this year—and its challenges—I’d like to review some of our achievements this past year.
Where we’ve invested in our city, we’ve seen returns—and that’s true whether we’ve invested in our economy, our community, or our city services.” Read speech