Citizens listened as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak gave his annual state of the city address at Augsburg College on Tuesday.
During the speech, Rybak talked about job growth and lower crime rates , the Minnesota Daily reported.
His speech to a packed house, focused on job creation, including an (unopened) beer growler from Harriet Brewing--a brewery that opened after the city council revised a law to allow growler sales, reports the SouthwestMinnepolisPatch.
Forbes Magazine named Minneapolis the best city in America to find a job, Ryback mentioned ,according to the Minnesota Daily.
Rybak also mentioned that job creation by Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development has given 12,000 city residents the opportunity to work since 2002. The city of Minneapolis has also made it possible for small business owners to get low interest loans including Blackbird Cafe in Southwest Minneapolis, He also highlighted the importance of programs like "Step It up" a program that finds summer jobs for the youth, reported SouthwestMinneapolisPatch.
"The mayor did a good job of outlining a vision for the city around that and it's in line with what the council and the mayor and our public and private partners have been working on together," said Betsy Hodges Council member , to the SouthwestMinneapolisPatch.
Ryback also highlighted the city's capital budget which will be finalized in December and focuses on business growth along Mass Transit corridors. As far as public safety goes, he credited Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan for the city's lowest violent crime rate in 27 years, but concerns for youth crime are still there Councilman Cam Gorden believes, reported the Minnesota Daily.