Speeches

March 6, 2015

2015 State of the city: Turning opportunity into results (March 6, 2015)

Delivering the 2015 State of the City Address, March 2015

Delivering the 2015 State of the City Address, March 2015

“This is my fourth State of the City Address. I’ve talked about making Tucson work – and we are:
ending the Rio Nuevo dispute, creating the city’s Economic Initiatives Office, and streamlining
processes at Planning & Development Services.

I’ve talked about doing more together than alone – and we are: partnering with business,
government, and nonprofits to open swimming pools, increase our water security, and end
veteran homelessness.

I’ve talked about Tucson in transition – and we are: moving from the Five C’s to the Five T’s of
technology, trade, transportation, tourism, and teaching, and coming together as a community
to lay the groundwork for growth in each of these areas.

Today, I want to talk about opportunity. Economic, social, and civic opportunity. Turning
opportunity into results.” Read speech

February 26, 2014

2014 State of the city: Tucson in transition (February 26, 2014)

Delivering the 2014 State of the City Address, February 2014

Delivering the 2014 State of the City Address, February 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

February 19, 2013

2013 State of the city: We do more together than alone (February 19, 2013)

Delivering the 2013 State of the City Address, February 2013

Delivering the 2013 State of the City Address, February 2013

“To recapture the $70 million or more we lose in state-shared revenue every year, we must become an incorporated valley. Those dollars are our roads. Those dollars are our parks. Those dollars are our police and fire departments. I like our friends in Maricopa County as well as the next guy, but it is time we stopped building their roads, their parks, and their police and fire departments with our tax dollars.” Read speech

February 7, 2013

Rio Nuevo settlement press conference (February 7, 2013)

With Rio Nuevo Board President Fletcher McCusker at the press conference announcing the settlement with Rio Nuevo, February 2013

With Rio Nuevo Board President Fletcher McCusker at the press conference announcing the settlement with Rio Nuevo, February 2013

“What this means for Tucson is that Rio Nuevo can proceed with its mission of providing a catalyst for downtown development, under the terms set forth by the legislature in its enabling legislation and subsequent revision.” Read speech

December 14, 2012

University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health commencement address (December 14, 2012)

At the University of Arizona College of Public Health commencement, December 2012

At the University of Arizona College of Public Health commencement, December 2012

“What this school does, what you’ve learned about in your time here, has direct relevance to people’s lives. Your degree matters, and so do you.” Read speech

February 14, 2012

2012 State of the city: Making Tucson work

Delivering the 2012 State of the City Address, February 2012

Delivering the 2012 State of the City Address, February 2012

“There is no simple solution. As a community, we must have the courage to address these long-term issues head on. Everything will be on the table: Charter reform, dedicated revenue streams, bonding, transit reform, compensation methodologies and annexation.” Read speech