Mayor Lee Brand Delivers First State of the City Address

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno Mayor Lee Brand delivered his first State of the City address on Wednesday. He focused his plans for the future of Fresno on economic development.

Brand said in his speech, "My vision for fresno is economic prosperity, improved public safety, improving the quality of life, and uniting our community."

Brand stated that generational poverty, high unemployment rates, and elevated crime rates have plagued the city. He wants to change that.

"I want to change that narrative about Fresno, make us the prosperous city that everybody looks up to," stated Brand.

He pledged to 10,000 new jobs in the next decade. Brand wants to develop one-thousand acres of industrial property to boost the e-commerce market, and he hopes to expand the Police Department's shot spotter coverage from six square miles to nine.

FPD Chief Jerry Dyer commented, "The Mayor's been very supportive of the Police Department and public safety in general, and he understands the importance of technology that makes us more efficient."

Brand said he plans to make Fresno prosperous through collaboration and teamwork with other city leaders and the community.

"I invite you to join me in the spirit of collaboration so that Fresno becomes the beacon of unity and the trailblazer of teamwork... God bless you and God bless the great City of Fresno," ended Brand.

Brand said he hopes tomorrow the city council passes it's $1.1 billion dollar budget that he said is sensible and balanced.

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