Yesterday, Feb. 15, the City of Denton held the 2nd annual State of the City event at the newly opened Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. Around 250 residents, business owners, and community leaders joined City Council Members and staff to learn about City services, upcoming events, and ways to get involved in local government.
Mayor Chris Watts delivered the keynote address, highlighting major milestones from the past year and key priorities for the future. The address focused on changes and improvements in four key areas – personnel, processes, projects, and partnerships – and looked ahead to what the City has planned for 2018, including major traffic and mobility improvements and a renewed effort to deliver projects from the 2012 and 2014 bond programs. Following the keynote address, a question and answer session was held, giving all attendees a chance to ask about a variety of City projects.
“The State of the City event is a great way to engage with citizens and provide information about what is going on in Denton,” said Mayor Watts. “This event is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the City organization and major projects, ask questions, and find ways to get involved in their community.”
Throughout the event, attendees were able to learn about City departments, their operations, and a wide variety of programs and services through an engagement fair.
“I’m proud of the work that City staff continues to do to provide exceptional customer service and I’m happy that we can highlight the high quality programs, projects, and services that provide so much value to the Denton community through this great event,” said City Manager Todd Hileman.
In addition to the Mayor’s remarks, the inaugural issue of the City of Denton Annual Report was available to attendees. The report includes major accomplishments from the previous year, business process improvements and cost containment strategies, and upcoming projects to better serve residents and businesses.
A copy of the Mayor’s State of the City presentation and the Annual Report is available on the City’s website at www.cityofdenton.com.