Las Vegas Mayor Goodman gives State of the City Address
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Starting her second State of the City address with some fun, Las Vegas' 20th mayor, Carolyn Goodman brought out a cooking timer.
"Now know it's a minute timer, so I'm not going to let you see what I set it for. But I understand there's an over and under going on here," Goodman told a crowd of about a hundred who gathered inside the City Council Chambers.
In the end the mayor spoke for about an hour, covering accomplishments from her first year in office.
"We are in rebound here in Las Vegas, believe it or not," Goodman said during her speech Thursday night.
Most of those accomplishments were located in Downtown Las Vegas.
The mayor pointed to the opening of the Mob and Neon museums, and the continued growth of business on Fremont East.
But she also looked forward to 2013's expansion of businesses inside Neonopolis, opening the Downtown Grand Hotel and told reporters after her address that the building of a downtown arena is still on the table.
"I have referred twice people that I know belong to groups that are credible that could do the building of the arena," Goodman said.
But it wasn't all good news.
Mayor Goodman also issued a warning about possible reductions in federal funding.
"We know about taxation, but we don't know what's going to happen as they pay down the trillions," Goodman said in her speech.
Meanwhile the mayor said the city is seeking to avoid unnecessary duplication of services.
Still the mayor says jobs won't come until education is improved; she sent a strong message to law makers in Carson City.
"(The fact that) we have not become a major research center at our university level is to me... It can't be a great city and a great state until we fix that," Goodman told reporters after her address.
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