Speeches

March 6, 2015

State of the City: ‘Turning Opportunity Into Results’ (March 6, 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

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

February 19, 2013

State of the City: ‘We Do More Together Than Alone’ (Feb. 19, 2013)

Mayor Rothschild delivered his second State of the City speech, addressing numerous topics, including state-shared revenue, which is based on population living in incorporated areas.

“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 (Feb. 07, 2013)

The City of Tucson and the Rio Nuevo District have agreed to settle all pending litigation and disputes and move forward with downtown revitalization projects approved by voters in 1999.  “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.

February 4, 2013

Gem and Mineral Show Press Conference (Feb. 01, 2013)

The 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show  is underway in Tucson. The two-week annual event is the largest event of its kind in the world. “The Gem Show brings jobs and revenue to Tucson and this is good news for our city. It’s also good news for all the people who have the stores and provide the dining and hotels.” Read speech

December 13, 2012

UA College of Public Health Commencement (Dec. 13, 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

November 19, 2012

Mayor Thanks Voters for Approving Road Improvement Bond (Nov. 19, 2012)

Voters approved Proposition 409, a $100 million General Obligation Bond program to restore, repair and resurface many streets within city limits.  “All road work will be competitively bid to private contractors – creating local jobs and providing a boost to our local economy.” Read speech

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