Monday, June 6, 2016
Mayor Roberts Delivers State of the City Address
On Thursday morning, June 2, the Shoreline City Council hosted local elected officials, business leaders, community partners, and residents for the State of the City Breakfast. The theme for the program was "Securing our foundation; Shaping our future" and it was an opportunity for Mayor Chris Roberts and City Manager Debbie Tarry to provide the community with an update on City issues.
Roberts emphasized the investments the City has made over the past twenty-one years to secure a strong foundation and discussed how the City has been working to shape a future that meets the community’s vision.
“There is no question the Puget Sound Region is growing,” stated Roberts.
“Shoreline is already beginning to see that growth. Our goal as a City is to be proactive and shape the future growth that we know is coming instead of letting unplanned growth shape us ....
"When people are looking for a new home or businesses are seeking new locations to invest, we want them to think of Shoreline first. We want them to see Shoreline as a place they want to establish roots and be part of the community.”
Roberts also highlighted the City's continued excellent fiscal health. The City maintains its AA+ bond rating as well as Standard / Poor’s highest assessment for financial management.
Tarry discussed how the City works to provide the services that truly contribute to the quality of life here in Shoreline.
“The reality is that taxpayer investment funds city services that have real impacts on people’s lives,” stated Tarry. “It is our mission and responsibility to ensure that Shoreline residents and businesses derive value from that investment.”
As part of the discussion of City services, Tarry introduced three Shoreline residents who each provided their own perspective on the benefits they receive from different city services that add to their quality of life. Jeanne Monger talked about her experiences working with the City’s Customer Response Team; Callie Steward expressed her appreciation for the City’s community gardens; and Argelia Paredes spoke about the Nurturing Trust workshops she attended and how they had helped her feel like she had a greater connection to the Shoreline community.
Shoreline's Economic Development Manager Dan Eernissee was the last to speak and he provided an update on all of the new and exciting developments occurring across the City. He also provided a brief introduction to the City’s new marketing campaign “Surprised by Shoreline”.
A video of the event is available on the City's website.