Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike delivered 'State of the City' speeches recently to the Bellingham City Council and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce. In each, he highlighted accomplishments from 2010 and key initiatives in the year ahead that will help us meet our most important community goals.
Pike is cautiously optimistic about the economy in his remarks.
"So much was accomplished in 2010 and we have much to do in 2011. I believe we have weathered the worst. Revenues are looking slightly better in recent months but we all know that they will not grow faster than known institutional expenses, so let us feel better, turn our eyes to the future but also avoid temptation to stretch beyond our means."
"We can take our fair city and make it better with the tools we have and will create. I look forward to that important work. And, again, I thank you for the privilege of serving as your Mayor."
In each presentation Pike highlighted City economic development efforts, actions to protect Lake Whatcom, government efficiency measures and advances in stewardship and sustainability. He also expressed thanks to community members, volunteers and City employees.
Published: Jan 20, 2011