Mayor Rybak to Deliver His Final State of the City Speech Wednesday

The mayor is not seeking re-election in November.

Mayor RT Rybak is set to deliver his 12th and final State of the City Address at noon Wednesday, April 10 in the McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center.

Rybak announced around Christmas 2012 that he would not seek another term, however, he did detail an ambitious laundry list of priorities for his final year, with many of his goals likely being mentioned in his address Wednesday.

What do you think Rybak should do after his mayoral career?

As previously reported by Patch, in an e-mail to reporters Rybak detailed many of his goals for his "sprint to the finish line" in 2013:

You can expect our work plan to include:

  • helping Chief Harteau reform the police department, and expanding our work to prevent youth violence and gun violence;
  • helping Superintendent Johnson and our partners improve our schools and eliminate the achievement gap;
  • expanding the Minneapolis Promise, especially the STEP-UP jobs program;
  • improving north Minneapolis, including helping the Northside Achievement Zone, building new Green Homes, and working with Hennepin County to reimagine Penn Avenue North;
  • starting to redevelop the new stadium district;
  • developing a renovation plan for the Target Center;
  • designing a new Nicollet Mall with a streetcar, and a strategy for finally reopening Nicollet and Lake;
  • and working with the Legislature on transit, Local Government Aid and reforming property taxes.

Rybak will be joined by the Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson, as well as other council members, as the event is also an ajourned meeting for the council.

Where do you think the city sits at this point in 2013? Where have there been improvements? What areas and issues need attention? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.



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