Mayor Betsy Hodges
2017 State of the City Speech
“One Minneapolis and the Call of Transformation”
May 23, 2017
Masjid An-Nur, North Minneapolis
Thank you, Council Vice President Glidden, for the kind introduction, and thank you, Imam El-Amin, for your warm words of welcome. To City Council Members, to Council Member Blong Yang, in whose ward we gather today, to City department heads and leaders, clergy and religious leaders of many faiths, and everyone in this space of peace and reflection, welcome. Thank you for being here.
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On Monday, January 6, 2014, Inauguration Day for this City Council and me, we made an agreement with one another — as a people, a community, residents, Mayor, Council, City employees, all of us — to become more than the great city we are. We agreed to heed a call from our community to be more than great. I said on that day, “…we have the power, and the duty, to heed the call to become more than just a great city.”
That call was to become One Minneapolis.
One Minneapolis is a city that works for everyone, and a city where everyone contributes to making it work for everyone else.
One Minneapolis is a city where people understand that another rising doesn’t require us to fall.
One Minneapolis is a city where all of us, people of color and white people, low-, middle-, and high-income people, immigrants and people born here, know that we are in the picture of our city’s vitality and success.
One Minneapolis is a city where we transform our systems, our structures, and our policies so that neither race, nor current income, nor zip code reliably predicts anything about life outcomes. They have no hold on how high we climb.
One Minneapolis requires change, it requires connection to one another, and it requires a commitment to sitting through the discomfort of change to get to a stronger, better other side.
So I am here today to say: The state of our city is strong. We are growing. We are increasingly known for what is great about us and for the strong, creative ways we are tackling our biggest challenges. We are strong, too, because we are heeding the call of One Minneapolis, even while facing resistance and uncomfortable change, and the results of that work are powerful and necessary for the whole city and our future.
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