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WebExtra: Mayor's State of the City address (Text)

MAYOR'S REMARKS TELEVISED ADDRESS MARCH 24, 2009

GOOD EVENING, I'M TODD STRANGE.  I AM HONORED TO BE THE NEW MAYOR OF MONTGOMERY.  I WOULD LIKE TO THANK: WAKA, WCOV, WNCF AND WSFA FOR THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU THIS EVENING.   

SINCE 1977 WHEN MY FAMILY CAME HERE, OUR CITY HAS HAD BUT 4 MAYORS: JIM ROBINSON, EMORY FOLMAR, BOBBY BRIGHT AND MOST RECENTLY CHARLES JINRIGHT.  EACH LEFT THEIR MARK ON THIS CITY AND MONTGOMERY IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF THEIR LEADERSHIP.

WE ARE EAGER TO CONTINUE THIS STRONG TRADITION; AND MY PLEDGE TO YOU IS THAT WE WILL WORK TIRELESSLY TO MOVE OUR CITY FORWARD.

THESE ARE CHALLENGING TIMES FOR MONTGOMERY AND FOR CITIES ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY.  IN SPITE OF THIS, I BELIEVE GOOD TIMES ARE ON THE HORIZON.

I'M OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE I KNOW MONTGOMERIANS WILL COME TOGETHER AS ONE COMMUNITY... TO TAKE ON THE PROBLEMS THAT THREATEN TO HOLD US BACK.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CITY COUNCIL, THE COUNTY COMMISSION, THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENSURE MONTGOMERY'S BEST INTERESTS ARE PROTECTED AND ENHANCED.

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH OUR MILITARY AS WELL AS WITH YOU, THE CITIZENS OF OUR GREAT CITY AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS THAT ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR COMMUNITY.

THE ROADMAP TO A BETTER MONTGOMERY HAS SOME VERY CLEAR LANDMARKS.  THERE ARE SOME KEY CHECKPOINTS WE HAVE TO VISIT ALONG THE WAY IF WE'RE GOING TO REACH OUR FULL POTENTIAL.  

AMONG OUR TOP PRIORITIES IS MAKING SURE OUR SCHOOLS ARE THE BEST THEY CAN BE, SAFE AND FULFILLING.

LOTS OF GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN OUR CLASSROOMS AND MORE IS ON THE WAY.

LAMP HIGH SCHOOL RECENTLY RECEIVED NATIONAL MEDIA ATTENTION WHEN IT WAS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.   OTHER SCHOOLS AT ALL LEVELS ARE RECEIVING RECOGNITION AS WELL.

THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS EMBRACING OUR SCHOOLS AS NEVER BEFORE.  WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN THAT BOND, SO THAT OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES CAN EITHER GO ON TO COLLEGE OR WITHOUT COLLEGE COMPETE FOR HIGH PAYING JOBS REQUIRING 21ST CENTURY SKILLS. 

THEMATIC SCHOOLS THAT OFFER STUDENTS SPECIALIZED TRAINING, BASED ON THEIR INTERESTS, ARE A WIN-WIN SCENARIO.  BUSINESSES RECEIVE A STREAM OF JOB-READY EMPLOYEES... WHILE GRADUATES GAIN AN INSIDE TRACK FOR JOBS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO BECOME HOMEOWNERS WHILE PROVIDING FOR THEIR FAMILIES.

GOOD SCHOOLS ARE AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL AS WELL.  THEY WILL SEND A SIGNAL TO COMPANIES THAT MONTGOMERY IS A GREAT PLACE TO DO BUSINESS.

WE'LL WORK TIRELESSLY TO ENSURE THAT MESSAGE IS HEARD ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE GLOBE! 

WE'RE ALREADY WORKING HARD TO LURE PROSPERITY TO MONTGOMERY ADDRESSES WHERE IT HAS NEVER LIVED BEFORE.  THE STATE LEGISLATURE, IS WORKING ON A BILL THAT WILL ALLOW THE COUNTY AND CITY TO OFFER INCENTIVES TO COMPANIES THAT ARE LOOKING TO RE-LOCATE OR EXPAND HERE.  THAT TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS NEEDED TO MOVE MONTGOMERY FORWARD. 

WE ALSO NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR STREETS SAFER.

THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MONTGOMERY POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE SUCCESSFULLY BRINGING DOWN OUR CITY'S CRIME RATE... BUT THEY CAN'T DO IT ALONE AND TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE.

OUR OFFICERS NEED US TO PROVIDE THEM WITH EXTRA SETS OF EYES AND EARS. 

WHEN WE SEE CRIMES HAPPENING WE NEED TO CALL 9-1-1.  BETTER YET, WE NEED TO ORGANIZE NEIGHBORHOOD  WATCHES THAT ACT AS DETERRENTS TO CRIME. 

WHEN NEIGHBORS WATCH OUT FOR NEIGHBORS, IT SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE TO LAWBREAKERS THAT CRIME WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN OUR COMMUNITY. 

WHILE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ARE BANDING TOGETHER TO COMBAT CRIME, AT CITY HALL WE'LL WORK HARD TO FIND THE FUNDING TO PUT MORE OFFICERS ON OUR STREETS AND WE'LL DO WHAT'S NECESSARY TO BUILD SUBSTATIONS THAT PUT POLICE OFFICERS CLOSER TO YOUR HOME.

WE'RE GOING TO LOOK CLOSELY AT THE ROOT CAUSES OF CRIME AND TOGETHER WE'LL TAKE THEM ON. 

PEOPLE ADDICTED TO ILLEGAL DRUGS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A LARGE PORTION OF OUR CRIME.  AS A CITY, WE NEED TO HELP THOSE AGENCIES THAT SPECIALIZE IN TREATING SUBSTANCE ABUSE.  THAT WAY MORE PEOPLE CAN LIVE LIVES THAT ARE CLEAN AND SOBER... AND CRIME FREE.

AS A CITY, WE CAN SUPPORT COMMUNITY AND FAITH-BASED GROUPS THAT ENGAGE OUR YOUNGSTERS IN POSITIVE ACTIVITIES.  OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WILL MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES IF WE PROVIDE THEM WITH THE RIGHT OPTIONS.

FIGHTING CRIME EFFECTIVELY IS WITHIN OUR GRASP... BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

WHILE THE CHALLENGES FACING US MAY SEEM SIGNIFICANT... THEY'RE NOT UNSURMOUNTABLE! 

WINSTON CHRUCHILL SPOKE OF THE SPECIAL MOMENT WHEN INDIVIDUALS ARE FIGURATIVELY "TAPPED ON THE SHOULDER" TO DO SOMETHING SPECIALLY SUITED TO THEIR UNIQUE TALENTS AND SKILLS. 

BUT HE WARNS OF THE TRAGEDY THAT CAN TAKE PLACE WHEN INDIVIDUALS ARE UNPREPARED OR UNQUALIFIED OR EVEN UNWILLING TO DO THE WORK THAT COULD LEAD TO THEIR FINEST HOUR.

MONTGOMERY, IT'S TIME FOR OUR FINEST HOUR.  IT'S TIME FOR US TO POOL OUR RESOURCES... TO FIND THE COMMON GROUND THAT WILL UNITE US AS WE STRIVE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW.

I PLEDGE TO BE A MAYOR FOR ALL OF MONTGOMERY... AND WORKING AS ONE WE WILL BECOME THE CITY WE WERE MEANT TO BE.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, I ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS; GOD BLESS YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND THE GREAT CITY OF MONTGOMERY.

          

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