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2013 State of the City_WEB

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Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest's state of the city speech.
Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest's state of the city speech.

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2013 State of the CityProsperity and the Culture of Responsibility
Delivered at the March 6, 2013 Federal Way Chamber of Commerce LuncheonMayor Skip Priest
Good afternoon. I would like to welcome everyone on behalf of the Cityof Federal Way to today’s luncheon and the 2013 State of the City. Idlike to recognize several key people around the room—and of course,first among the dignitaries is my wonderful wife Trisha Bennett.Id also like to welcome members of the City Council and our MunicipalCourt judges who have been introduced, as well as members of theCity’s management team.I would also like to recognize a member of our City family who couldnot be here today: State Representative Roger Freeman is battling a veryserious illness. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your familyand we will be there for you if we can help in any way. Today, I’m proud to be standing before you as a leader of this great city,looking back over a productive and frugal 2012, but also moreimportantly, looking ahead to the future.For almost 30 years, Trisha and I have called this community home andit continues to be a terrific place to live in, to work in, to play in and toraise a family…and I believe that it is a city that we can lead forward towonderful and transformational things.So, while Ill touch on some of our more recent achievements today, Ialso plan to spend much of my time today talking about the future andthe opportunities directly ahead of us.
 
 Needless to say the last two years have been extremely challenging…notonly for the city but for all of usall of you in this room. Wevesurvived difficult times. In a collaborative manner, the Council,Mayor’s Office, and staff have created needed stability at CityHall…balancing the budget without further layoffs and withoutreduction in critical services.We have maintained a safe community while responding to a regionwideincrease in crime, kept up our investments in our roads, kept our parkssystem as one of the best in the region, while expanding recreationprograms for seniors, families and the, many of those that we worryabout the most in our community.And weve invigorated the local economy, providing a business friendlyenvironment and bringing in new businesses. The challenge before us now is to move beyond survival to prosperity.We must now build for the future. The decisions that we make thisyear—the decisions that we make in the next few weeks possibly—willbe critical to determining whether we take the next steps beyond survivaland begin to build for the future prosperity of our downtown, inparticular, and our city’s overall economic future.
 The Culture of Responsibility
 The question is then…can we successfully move forward as acommunity and I believe that the answer is absolutely yes.Why?because our greatest strength as a community comes from ourcitizens and their sense of responsibility to community.
 
We have a Culture of Responsibility in Federal Way that is second tonone. Time and time again, we embrace the challenges facing us, andwithout fail—without fail—we roll up our sleeves and takeresponsibility for creating change.As I look around this room, right now, I see leaders who embody thatCulture of Responsibility. They all represent the Culture of Responsibility and there’s so manymore. The people in this room, all of you, represent an outstandingsample of that Culture of Responsibility.It is thousands of individual volunteers throughout Federal Way workingfor their community. It is incredible organizations like Kiwanis, Rotary, The Lions, the Boys and Girls Club, like Advancing Leadership, ReachOut, the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking, the Friends of theHylebos, Relay for Life, We Day, our churches and so many more.It’s a commitment to doing the right thing to move this communityforward. To address the needs of today, and to face the challenges of thefuture.
Culture of Responsibility/2012 Achievements
 Your City has worked hard to both embrace and embody the Culture oResponsibility, to provide quality programs that address communityneeds, to take proactive steps to ensure quality of life and economicvitality. In 2012, this led to significant achievements for Federal Way.
Budget Sustainability
 Our Culture of Responsibility at the City of Federal Way starts withfinancial management.

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