The State of the City

State of the City 2013

2012 State of the City Address in Eden Prairie – Pictured (L to R): Chamber of Commerce President Pat MulQueeny, School District Superintendent Curt Tryggestad, City Manager Rick Getschow, Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens

Each year, the President of the United States delivers a State of the Union address, reporting to Congress and the public on the condition of the nation and outlining what’s on the horizon. This tradition began with the very first State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1790, which was delivered by George Washington himself.

In a similar tradition, many Mayors and City Managers throughout the country have more recently begun presenting an annual State of the City address, to keep stakeholders up to date on City-related developments.

And for several years now, the Eden Prairie City Manager has teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce President, as well as the School District Superintendent, to present a joint State of the City address at an annual Chamber member luncheon – this approach provides a comprehensive look at the latest developments in the Eden Prairie community, as well as a forecast for what’s to come in the next year.

This year’s event took place on Jan. 24 and the overall consensus from all perspectives was that the state of the city is excellent!

I truly enjoy participating in this event, and the feedback we receive from those in attendance is always extremely positive. For that reason, I’ve decided to take the City portion of the State of the City address on tour and expand the opportunities for those who are interested in seeing it. So, over the next few weeks, I’ll be making presentations to various groups in the Eden Prairie community- including the Lions Club, the Lioness Club, the Rotary Club, and city employees.

New this year, Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens and I have also decided to add a community presentation of the State of the City address. This presentation will take place Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6:30–7 p.m. in the Cambria Room at the Community Center (16700 Valley View Road). Some of the topics we’ll cover include the results of the most recent Quality of Life survey, a look at economic trends affecting the City, a preview of upcoming development projects in Eden Prairie and an overview of the initiatives the City will focus on in 2013.

The event is free to attend and open to the public – we hope to see you there!