State of the City Address celebrates Our Vision. Our Legacy. Our Vancouver.

Vancouver's Mayor Tim Leavitt

On March 12, Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt will return to his Alma Mater, Fort Vancouver High School, to deliver the 2014 State of the City Address titled “Our Vision. Our Legacy. Our Vancouver.”

This year’s speech will celebrate the achievements, growth and progress the City has experienced over the past year, share recent changes in how the City does business and describe the City’s vision for the future. The event will also include the thoughts and concerns of today’s Fort Vancouver High School students.

Some highlights of the City’s 2013 accomplishments include:

• Vancouver included in Livability.com’s list of Top 100 “Most Livable US Cities”

• Esther Short Park named one of the “10 Great Public Spaces in America” by the American Planning Association

• 4,659 Citywide volunteers worked 52,000 volunteer hours – the equivalent of 25 full-time employees

• 69 new grant-funded Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) deployed in fire and police vehicles

• The Waterfront Access Project is almost complete, reconnecting downtown to the waterfront and generating $1 billion in private investments

• Specialty teams of officers and volunteers focused on proactive policing and crime prevention

• 137th/138th street improvements completed, improving safety and reducing congestion

• There were 450,000 visitors to the Firstenburg Community Center, Marshall/Luepke Community Center and Vancouver Tennis Center combined

2014 State of the City Address

This State of the City Address which begins at 9 a.m. is free and open to the public, but it will also be broadcast live on CVTV cable channel 23, and on the Web at www.cvtv.org.

This year, monetary donations will be collected at the event for the Clark County Skills Center Foundation; Mayor Leavitt’s designated event charity.

The Clark County Skills Center, in partnership with eight local school districts and local businesses, helps prepare students for the work force by offering opportunities to be trained in technical career areas, including applied medical sciences, aviation technology, agriculture science, fire science, pre-engineering, culinary arts and much more.

To learn more about the Clark County Skills Center, visit their website at: http://ccscfoundation.com.

To learn more about the State of the City Address, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/stateofthecity.