Mayor McFarlane’s State-of-the-City Address Can Be Viewed on YouTube

News posted Mar. 03, 2017 - 7:45 pm
  • Mayor giving State of the City Address
  • Mayor giving State of the City Address
  • Mayor giving State of the City Address
  • Mayor giving State of the City Address

Mayor Nancy McFarlane delivered the annual State-of-the-City address during First Friday activities March 3rd at the Contemporary Art Museum.

Video (on YouTube): Mayor's State of the City address

Mayor’s speech:

"Good evening and thank you all for coming here tonight.

I would like to thank Gab Smith, Executive Director here at CAM; Charmin Driver, Chair of the Board of Directors; Former Mayor and Board Member Smedes York; and the staff here at CAM for helping to make this event possible. They were so excited when we called with this idea and they jumped right in to work with us to pull it all together.

As always, thank you to our incredible communications and events staff at the city that makes the wonderful city events we all enjoy happen.

Well, it is certainly interesting times that we live in. I mentioned to a friend the other day that I was working on this speech. He immediately launched into “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” As I smiled, I thought to myself - actually, that does kind of apply.

There is no doubt that as a country and as a state, we are very divided. Some people think that this is an age of wisdom and some very much think it is an age of foolishness. Political conversations seem to be moving farther and farther apart. And it’s harder to have thoughtful discussions without triggering emotions that seem to take over any sense of reason or desire to communicate. The elections in November have pulled us into camps, often with lines drawn in the sand.

Except for when it comes to our city. I’m not saying that people here do not have strong opinions. They do - especially when it comes to party politics. But what I see is not only a willingness to put that aside but also an increased interest in being active in our community.

There are a lot of things we cannot control. But we can continue to work together to find that common thread and create the kind of community that we want to call home. And I think that it is even more important in these uncertain times.

Clearly, we are doing something right!"

Read Mayor McFarlane's entire speech...

The State-of-the-City address aired several days on RTN:

RTN 11 (Channel 97.5 for those without a cable digital box) rebroadcasted the speech:

  • Saturday, March 4, at noon, 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
  • Sunday, March 5, at noon, 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
  • Monday, March 6, at 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
  • Tuesday, March 7, at 8 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
  • Wednesday, March 8, at 8 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
  • Thursday, March 9, at 8 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
  • Friday, March 10, at 8 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.; and
  • Saturday, March 11, at 8 a.m., noon, and 9 p.m.

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