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Springfield Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

Springfield Mayor Tom Carlson delivered the annual State of the City Address Thursday. Mike Smith has the story:

In the speech, delivered at the Cooper Tennis Complex, Carlson reminded his audience of last years speech in which he asked for help in spreading the good word about the Springfield metro area.

Carlson spoke with pride about the Springfield Cardinals and the newly christened Springfield Branson National Airport.

Referencing another name change, Springfield's Mayor praised Missouri State University's contributions to the community.

The core of Carlson's speech centered on City Council priorities including transportation, economic development, quality of life, center city revitalization, long range planning, and the well being of the city's children.

Springfield businessman Howard Fisk tells KSMU News he is pleased with the speech, and says the state of the city is "Tremendous". He also said "there's no such thing a free lunch", and Springfield's citizens will have to continue work hard to build on the city's successes.

Todays was the 4th State of the City Address. The annual pogam s pat of the "Good Morning Springfield" breakfast series hosted by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.