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Mayor Condon Challenges Community to Develop A "Vision 20-20" During State of the City

Second presentation set for Feb. 22

Release Date: 2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM

MEDIA CONTACT:  Marlene Feist (509) 625-6740

During his State of the City Address today, Mayor David Condon challenged the community to develop a new strategic vision—a Vision 20-20—for Spokane.

“Within the City, we are working to make Spokane the City of Choice in the Northwest,” the Mayor said after the speech. “We are working toward four strategic goals to move us in that direction—to become the Safest City of our size; to be unequaled for living, learning, and leisure; to be a model for citizen engagement in government; and to become the fastest growing job market in the Inland Northwest. But a greater vision for Spokane—for the year 2020 and beyond—will require ideas and action from the entire community.”

In part, our community vision must include ways to attract and keep the “millenials,” the up-and-coming generation featuring people aged 18 to 30 that’s even bigger than the baby boomer generation, the Mayor said. He asked the audience to think about what would keep their kids and grandkids in Spokane and what some of our greatest strengths are. And, he asked them to send him their input via tweet or text.

The Mayor delivered the address to more than 400 people in the ballroom at the Spokane Convention Center as part of a morning membership meeting of Greater Spokane Incorporated. The address also was shown live on CityCable 5, the City of Spokane’s government-access cable station, and on the KHQ web site. The entire audience was asked to participate in the address, by answering polling questions and commenting on Facebook and Twitter.

The Mayor will deliver the speech a second time on Friday, Feb. 22, at noon in the Council Chambers in the lower level of Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. That presentation will be carried live on CityCable 5.

The Mayor also outlined some of his top accomplishments from 2012. Under the Mayor’s leadership, the City worked to root out inefficiencies, become more customer focused, and keep government affordable.

“A year ago, when I began this job, I was not attached to any particular way of doing business but only to the requirement that we provide excellent, effective and efficient services,” the Mayor says. “Good government doesn’t have to be expensive government. We can make government affordable and still deliver the services our citizens expect.”

He pointed to successes like the approval of a regional animal control contract, modest increases in utility rates, and a dramatic reduction, from 52 days down to 34, in the time it takes to get a complex commercial permit as examples of success. The Mayor also mentioned resolution in the Zehm matter and the hiring of a new Police Chief as indicators of a change in culture at City Hall. An Annual Report for 2012 is available at on the City’s web site.

Near the end of his speech, the Mayor repeated his invitation to help our community set and reach a new goal and read a quote by General Muir S. Fairchild:

“We cannot for one moment relax because of past achievements...either we go out to meet the future or it comes to seek us out.”

The Mayor will be collecting ideas from citizens on their vision for the Spokane’s future. Send emails to or provide a comment on Facebook at

The Mayor’s address will be replayed on CityCable 5 on:
• Friday, Feb. 8, at 9 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon.
• Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

CityCable 5 is the City’s government-access cable station; it is found on channel five on the Comcast cable system in Spokane. CityCable 5 has added the presentation to its video archive on the web at Click on “Other Video Programs” and select “Mayor Condon – State of the City Address.”

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