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April 12, 2012

State of the City: Strength Continues to Grow

Fellow Houstonians:

The state of our city is the strongest it has been for some years and our strength continues to grow. We have rounded the corner on the tough times of the last five years. We are the job producing capital of the nation. We are one of only two North American cities ranked among the 40 fastest growing metropolitan economies in the world. We are the number one U.S. city for manufacturing. Indeed, we are closer to the Houston that should be.

As we continue moving forward, we are focused on five priorities:

  • Jobs and sustainable development
  • Infrastructure
  • Public safety
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Quality of life

Quality of life is the umbrella over the four other priorities. More jobs, improved infrastructure, less street flooding, reduced crime and a brighter financial outlook mean better quality of life in our neighborhoods - a brighter future for us all.

I love this city! And, I like where we are headed. A day doesn't go by that I'm not proud to serve you and excited about the positive changes we are making for Houston's future. The work we are doing furthers Houston's position as a destination for visitors, a magnet for new residents and the best city in America in which to live, work and raise a family. Together we can achieve the Houston that should be.


Annise Parker

The entire text of Mayor Parker's prepared 2012 State of the City address is available at There are slight changes between the written text and the speech as she delivered it.

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