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Mayor McGraw declares State of the City is 'energized'
Community is excited about taking the steps necessary to deal with the challenges of the future

Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw delivered his annual State of the City address on Thursday, April 19, at the Texas State University Higher Education Center's Avery Building.

The speech can be viewed below or on Time Warner Channel 10 or Uverse Channel 99 at 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Mayor McGraw said the state of the city is "energized."

"There is a sense of revitalization and excitement," McGraw said.

In 2011, both the City and the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce were in states of transition, with City Manager Steve Norwood and Chamber President Doug Kurkul both new to town.

"We all had questions about the direction they would help take our city," McGraw said. "But as we sit here a year later, I personally am thrilled with where their leadership has steered us. ... Their impact has been dramatic."

McGraw noted enthuiasm at both the City and chamber, coupled with recent economic development successes, have produced excitement about Round Rock's future.

"Great things are happening," he said. "People are motivated. Economic development is picking up. Emerson is coming. The sports complex is coming. Sales tax is up. Downtown is the place to be. The lake is full. That’s why I say we’re energized."

The mayor also noted Round Rock will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its incorporation on Dec. 12, so the community should be preparted to celebrate on 12-12-12.

"We plan to celebrate the occasion, so be watching for announcements on activities later this year," McGraw said.

Click here for the full text of the speech, or download an Acrobat file of the speech here (PDF).

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012

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