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Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director
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Buckhorn Delivers First State of the City Address
Tampa, FL April 3, 2012 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn delivered his first State of the City address this morning in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Video of Mayor Buckhorn's speech as well as the Progress Overview, which outlines the progress the City of Tampa has made over the last year, are available online at tampagov.net.

Mayor Buckhorn held the event at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to highlight the progress and energy in Tampa today, including the construction along the Riverwalk, Agua Luces, which will light the downtown bridges, the new CAMLS facility, the Classic Federal Courthouse, Zack Street Promenade of the Arts, and the first Opportunity Corridor on Ashley Street. A State of the City presentation has never been given outside prior to Mayor Buckhorn's presentation today.

Twenty-four, students from the Rampello Downtown Partnership School joined Mayor Buckhorn on stage. In his remarks, he described how Tampa must come together to create a community where children, like them, can live, work, raise a family, and start a business.

The welcome video featured residents of Tampa reflecting on their experiences in Tampa. The video included the following people:
  • Greg and Michelle Baker, Owners of The Refinery
  • Debra Koehler, President of Sage Partners LLC
  • Eddie Matysik and Daryl Davis, Co-Inventors of the Sludgeulator 9000, Tampa Water Department
  • Habib Skaff, CEO at Intezyne
  • Ralph Smith, Executive Director at Computer Mentors Group
  • Antonio de Sousa, Doorman at the Hyatt Downtown

Guests were also encouraged to tweet what they heard using hashtag #TampaSOTC, and reflects Mayor Buckhorn's commitment to engaging residents across all platforms.

Please visit tampagov.net to watch Mayor Buckhorn's remarks and the welcome video as well as to read the Progress Overview.

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