Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers focused on fiscal responsibility, economic development, public safety, quality of life and veterans in his recent State of the City address delivered at an event hosted by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa.
“The most important area where we must maintain diligence is continuing to improve on our city’s financial performance,” Weiers said in the March 2 speech, which was posted on the chamber's website. “Last year, Glendale’s bond rating was upgraded to an A-plus rating by Standard & Poor’s. That’s something I’m still extremely proud of because it’s a strong indicator that our city is headed in the right direction. We passed a $693 million balanced budget without raising taxes.”
Weiers’ speech, framed around the concept of trying to improve someone’s life each day, discussed the intensive economic development occurring in Glendale, which is triggering job growth, as well as city efforts to facilitate it. He also touched on initiatives with of the police and fire departments and EMS services and the unique events and experiences available in Glendale, as well as the city’s efforts to support former military service members, the posting said.
“We need business leaders to get involved, to join committees, to join city commissions, sponsor and support community events and programs,” Weiers said in the speech. “There are so many ways to get actively involved, you just never know who you might meet along the way and have an opportunity to make that positive difference in their life.”