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Mayor Becker's 2013 Highlights

2014 State of the City Address

January 8, 2013   University of Utah        noon

Addendum II

Mayor Becker’s 2013 Highlights

The last year has been literally filled with benchmark moments for Salt Lake City’s residents. In 2013 Mayor Becker continued his work on behalf of the community in a wide variety of areas including fighting for air quality issues at the state legislature, crafting a responsible and appropriate City budget that did not require any new taxes and keeping Salt Lake City moving forward with the start of a $2 billion airport reconstruction project. The mayor also presided over the opening of the nation’s first-ever net zero Public Safety Building and helped launch the GREENbike bikshare program that achieved unprecedented success in its very first year of operation.

In March, Mayor Becker signed a historic interlocal agreement with Salt Lake County that made way for the construction of the New Performing Arts Center downtown, and led the community over the last hurdle to get the voter approved Regional Athletic Complex back online and moving toward a grand opening next year. In June, the Mayor sided with residents in opposing a Council-proposed property tax increase of nearly 14 percent and issued his second veto as the City’s chief executive.

Mayor Becker continued his fight to end homelessness and, through partnerships with the state, U.S. Veterans Administration and many others, can say that every veteran in the community that accepted assistance is now in a permanent home (and we’re continuing to work with the eight vets who refused help.) The Mayor accepted major awards from the National League of Cities for our work on cultural diversity and the U.S. Conference of Mayors for all that we’re doing to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts.

And, Mayor Becker continued to represent Salt Lake City at the national level with leadership positions on both the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors. In November, the Mayor was one of only two dozen leaders from across the country chosen by President Obama to participate in the White House Task Force on Climate Change and Resilience-a group tasked with advising the Administration on how the federal government can best help communities like Salt Lake City that are already dealing with the realities and challenges of our changing environment.

While much was accomplished in 2013, much lies ahead for Mayor Becker in 2014. First and foremost on the Mayor’s agenda will be doing all we can as a City, and regional leaders, to address the unacceptable state of air quality in our area. As has been the hallmark of his leadership after six years in office, this task will be accomplished through a thoughtful, collaborative and inclusive approach on behalf of our residents and with the overarching goal of moving Salt Lake City forward into a bright, vibrant and sustainable future.

Stay current on all that is going on at City Hall with our new Sustainable City Dashboard website. It’s also a great way to share ideas and let us know how we’re doing.


2013 Highlights

• 1/23- Mayor’s State of the City Address, Airport Redevelopment announcement
• 2/4- PSB Walkway Naming
• 2/14- Mayor Becker Joins Leaders in Call for Action on Air Quality
• 2/22- Year of the Bike Rollout
• 3/11- Salt Lake City receives National League of Cities City Cultural Diversity Award
• 3/19- City and County Sign Interlocal Agreement on New Performing Arts Center
• 4/8- SLC Bike Share Program Launch
• 4/12- SmartTrips Program Launch
• 4/15- New Performing Arts Center Design Unveiling
• 4/23- Mayor Becker Budget Overview Presentation
• 5/1- Curbside Glass Recycling goes citywide (initial service area began in Nov. 2012)
• 5/28- Status of Women in Salt Lake City Report
• 6/11- Mayor Hosts Immigration Roundtable with local, state and regional leaders
• 6/19- Mayor Becker Vetoes Tax Increase
• June- Mayor Becker receives USCM 2013 Climate Protection Award
• 6/19- Public Safety Building Grand Opening
• 7/22- City Opens Employee Health Clinic
• August- Wasatch Summit Planning Process underway, funding secured, environmental planning began, program facilitator hired
• 8/1- Soccer Complex Construction Re-Launch
• 8/16- U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Visits Salt Lake City
• 10/4- Resident Transit Pass announcement
• 10/15- Downtown Winter Market announcement
• 10/17- Expansion of City Community Garden Program
• 10/25- Glendale Library Branch Groundbreaking
• 11/1- Mayor Becker Commits to Ending Veterans Homelessness in SLC
• 11/1- Mayor Becker Appointed to White House Climate Task Force
• 11/26- Salt Lake City Breaks Ground on first Solar Farm
• November- City Creates Homelessness Coordinator Position
• 12/5- Sugar House Streetcar Opening
• 12/10- Mayor Becker Begins Work on White House Climate Task Force