Mayor Cranley Prepares For State Of City Speech
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is making final preparations to deliver his "State of the City" address Tuesday evening at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley.
This is Cranley's third speech. He said this year's theme will be values.
"The whole nation right now is preparing to go to the polls and decide as a country what values we're going to embrace," Cranley said. "As a city, our values were tested last year and we emerged as a stronger city doing better on our highest ideals and united to do even more in the coming year."
Those values include: expanded opportunities; more jobs; better safety and reduced gun violence; better inclusion of minority contractors; historic investments in neighborhoods; and working with other governments to solve commons problems.
Cranley will also recognize the city's newest professional sports team.
"We're going to honor FC Cincinnati for its major contribution to the culture of the city and making us a more attractive place to live," Cranley said. The mayor will announce that FC Cincinnati owner Carl Linder III and General Manager Jeff Berding are the "Cincinnatians of the Year."
Cranley will celebrate the city's progress and identify ways to make more progress. He does plan to detail some new initiatives, but would not elaborate on them.
In previous speeches, he has announced plans to lower the childhood poverty rate, accelerating street repaving, and updating the city's aging vehicle fleet.
Cranley was elected Cincinnati mayor in November 2013, and will be seeking a second term in 2017.