Three years ago, I laid out my vision of Duluth in my first State of the City address, a vision shaped through thousands of conversations with Duluth residents. Together we set on a course to achieve that vision and build a healthy, prosperous, sustainable, fair, and inclusive community for all neighbors and across all neighborhoods.
This year we accomplished some big things, Duluth.
Duluth is a long, slender city — 26 miles west to east, to be exact. It's a challenging distance when it comes to providing city services such as police and fire protection, bus transportation, and snow plowing. Most cities of our population are packed into a more-compact geography. But this is how our city was formed, as a stopping place with settlements, villages, townships, and neighborhoods, stretching out fully along Lake Superior and the St. Louis River.
Our parks system is one of our biggest treasures and resources. Increasingly, the city of Duluth is working to ensure fair citywide access to our parks and trails so all neighbors, and neighborhoods, can benefit. There has been a lot of conversation around our parks and trails recently, which fortunately creates the perfect opening to share with Duluth our deep and abiding financial and programming commitment to ensure access to outdoor and after-school recreational opportunities for youth across our city.
I'm looking forward to delivering my second State of the City address at 6 p.m. Monday at Lincoln Park Middle School, and I invite everyone to attend. It has been a busy year, and I'm enormously proud of the foundations we've laid and the relationships and partnerships we've built.
On Jan. 4, I walked into my office for the first time, sat at an empty desk and wondered where to start. Within five minutes I was off and running. It has been that way ever since. From buildings to budgets and from streets to snowplowing, we’ve gotten good work done together in 2016.
Thanksgiving always has been my favorite holiday. I like the simplicity of taking stock in our blessings and sitting around a table with people I love. And then there’s the eating. I like that, too. This year, I have even more to be thankful for: all 86,110 of you hard-working, dedicated residents who care deeply about our city, our future and each other.
On Sept. 8, I presented my budget proposal for the general fund to the city of Duluth for 2017, a budget proposal that holds the line on city spending and...
Budgets are our values represented by numbers. That’s a high bar; and in my first budget as mayor, I’d love to say it’s brimming with exciting new programs and initiatives...
Duluth, I know you’ve got a lot to say about our community. In my first few months as mayor, I’ve learned that when I ask for your input and ideas,...