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Mayor John Suthers touts strong economy in State of the City address

Posted at 12:45 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 23:07:37-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers delivered his fourth State of the City address at the Broadmoor on Friday.

Suthers’ spoke of the city’s success in job creation as more organizations and businesses relocate to the area providing 24,000 jobs since 2015.  He also noted that along with the growth in opportunities comes the need for more housing, a market that is among the best in the country and still among the most affordable.

However, not everyone who moves to Colorado Springs prospers for a range of reasons. The mayor said the camping ban within 100 feet of waterways was necessary for public help. Its a move advocates for the homeless have strongly criticized. He said the city will continue to work with Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army to address the needs of this portion of the population.

When addressing the ballot initiatives going before Colorado voters this fall, Suthers voiced his support for Initiative 167: ‘Fix Our Damn Roads’ as “a better deal”. RELATED: News5 Election Coverage

He also asked the room to show their appreciation for Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel as he recovers from a gunshot wound to the head suffered during a call in August.  RELATED: News5 Election Coverage

Cem Duzel tribute
Attendes of the 2018 Colorado Springs State of the City address show their support for wounded Colorado Springs Officer Cem Duzel.

At the conclusion of his address, Mayor Suthers gave the ‘Spirit of the Springs’ award to Chuck Murphy, a Colorado Spring native, and owner of Murphy Constructors. Murphy is well-known for work to renovate historic buildings in Colorado Springs.

Mayor Suthers and Chuck Murphy
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers (right) awards contractor Chuck Murphy with the ‘Spirit of the Springs’ award.

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