Good afternoon Council President Festersen, City Council members and citizens of Omaha.
It is an honor and privilege to be with you today to present the annual State of the City address.
This is a time to reflect on our progress, highlight the resolve and spirit of our community, and challenge all of us to pursue excellence.
It is also a great time to acknowledge something I believe is true; the perception of Omaha is better and stronger than ever.
From our beginnings 160 years ago when Omaha first began, our city has certainly evolved and flourished.
We’ve played our part in the Midwest history of railroading, industrial growth, and livestock and agriculture commerce.
More recently, we’ve diversified through technology, higher education, finance, light manufacturing, healthcare, and small business.