Speeches

February 26, 2014

State of the City: ‘Tucson in Transition’ (February 26, 2014)

“Two years ago, I came before you and spoke of making Tucson work. We’ve made great strides. Last year, I spoke of how we do more together than alone. Today, you’ve heard specific examples of public-private partnerships. Whether it’s ending veteran homelessness, increasing childhood literacy, restoring Tucson’s tree canopy or creating a vibrant downtown, public-private partnerships are a model that works.” Read speech

August 30, 2013

Attendance Awareness Month Press Conference (Aug. 30, 2013)

September is national Attendance Awareness Month.

“The most basic thing a parent can do to help their child learn is to make sure they get to school regularly and on time. Chronic absenteeism can, and often does, begin as early as kindergarten. Chronic absenteeism – missing 10 percent or more of school, whether excused or unexcused – puts children at a big disadvantage.” Read speech

June 17, 2013

University of Arizona Poetry Center Appreciation for Gail Browne (June 17, 2013)

Mayor Rothschild spoke at a ceremony honoring Gail Browne, who is stepping down after more than 10 years as director of the Poetry Center.

It is thanks to Gail that poets have found a comfortable, permanent and welcoming place to visit and start conversations with each other and the public, he said.  Read speech

May 31, 2013

Youth Employment Roundtable Breakfast (May 31, 2013)

“Summer or after-school jobs are how most of us enter the workforce. Without access to one or the other–or an internship–getting that first permanent job can be much tougher. Everybody needs soft skills, job skills and experience to succeed in the workplace. A summer or after-school job can be the first step. Even if your organization can’t justify a part-time or temporary hire, you probably can find room for an internship.” Read speech

May 26, 2013

A Hero’s Salute (May 26, 2013)

Mayor Rothschild addressed the pre-Memorial Day gathering to salute fallen heroes in our community.

“Thank you to the families of the fallen who are with us here today. Your loved one’s sacrifice, your sacrifice, we honor with this solemn remembrance.” Read speech

May 3, 2013

Summer Jobs Press Conference (May 3, 2013)

“For us to combat poverty in our community, and to work on economic development, summer jobs for youth are part of the picture. We need a skilled workforce to attract and retain employers. The soft skills young people pick up in the course of a summer job or internship – getting to work on time, dealing with the public, working under supervision or independently – can help them throughout their lives.”  Read speech

April 21, 2013

Israel Festival (April 21, 2013)

The Israel Festival is the largest celebration of Israel in Tucson.

“The tiny nation of Israel is known for its innovative, entrepreneurial spirit and its incredible economic success.”

“I confess I see a parallel here to Tucson. This is not a community where people are afraid to express their opinions. This is not a community where conformity is overvalued. So I think we share some of that chutzpah, and I think we can put that to good use in fostering more entrepreneurial activity here in Southern Arizona.” Read speech

April 20, 2013

MADD Vigil (April 20, 2013)

The vigil is an opportunity to remember those who were killed or injured by drunken drivers.

“Every one of these losses is a loss we cannot afford. It is a senseless waste…The work of MADD has saved countless lives, by raising awareness of the problem, by increasing penalties and enforcement.” Read speech

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