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WEB EXTRA: Mayor Stephens Gives 2013 State of the City Address

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens gave his annual State of the City address Thursday morning. Stephens said that the state of the City is stronger than it was last year.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens gave his annual State of the City address Thursday morning. Stephens said that the state of the City is stronger than it was last year.

"Last year, I delivered this State of the City address and indicated that, in spite of several years of recession, the condition of Springfield, Missouri was strong. It is truly a high point for me to stand here as your mayor and tell you that today the State of the City is even better," he said (highlights above).

Transcript of Mayor Stephen's Speech

Mayor Stephens noted a remarkable year for sports in general.

"The Springfield Cardinals won the Texas League AA Championship last season and have brought home a large trophy and a load of championship rings," he said. "And this past year was truly the year of the Panther! Drury University's women's swimming and diving team took first place in the nation this past year in the NCAA Division II. And the Drury Panthers won the Division II national basketball title with a tremendously hard-fought one-point victory over Denver's Metro State. These championships again put Springfield on the national map."

Stephens says three days ago, Council voted to approve the 2014 Budget.

"This is the fifth City budget that we have crafted that is fiscally conservative, that is balanced, and that is balanced without using one-time grant money, without pulling money from reserve funds, and without borrowing a single dime."

Stephens gave the remarks during the monthly Good Morning Springfield! program hosted by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. There were more than 300 people in attendance.

This was Stephens' second State of the City speech. A year ago, just after taking office, Stephens said the city was "poised for a great future", with improved bond ratings and an improving job picture.
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