Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza delivered his State of the City address in the City Council Chambers yesterday evening. Below is the text of the address as released by the Mayor’s Office:
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza
2016 State of the City Address
Leading the Providence Resurgence
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (Prepared as delivered)
Thank you. Good evening everyone; Buenas noches a todos.
Mr. President, honorable members of the City Council and fellow residents of our great City of Providence
It used to be said that you had to “know a guy” to get things done in City Hall. The message I want everyone to hear is that now, “you all know a guy in City Hall”. All you have to do is call 421-CITY.
A little over a year ago in my inaugural address, I said we were going to build the new Providence — a city that works for all of its residents, a city committed to innovation, and a city that provides opportunity for all.
Over the past year, we’ve come a long way in achieving that vision, and while there are still many challenges, I’m proud of what we have accomplished together to position Providence for a better future.
And make no mistake, Providence is beginning a resurgence.
This year will see more construction projects than the city has seen in decades. It will see our school department restructured to better meet the needs of teachers and families. It will see a City Hall that becomes known for being efficient and for responsive customer service. And this year will see us tackle our financial challenges head on with an eye toward the long-term.