DETROIT (WJBK) - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivered the annual State of the City address on Tuesday evening.
The mayor talked about success founded in a city just over a year out of bankruptcy.
"He writes his own speeches. He really just kind of gives himself points that he wants to hit, but he knows this inside and out. He spends 24/7 thinking about what he can do, what policies we can implement to make the city a better place," says the mayor's chief of staff Alexis Wiley.
The city's lights have gone up - thousands of them - in neighborhoods while the blight has come down. Buses are now running on time and response time for EMS has improved. Bragging rights will be there, but so was talk for room of improvement.
Unlike past State of the City addresses, the mayor in his third one had the invitation-only event be more interactive. From jobs to trouble paying for water, anyone who attended had the opportunity to get help right away via information booths headed by staff from community organizations. The "Opportunity Fair" is part of a series of fairs kicked off tonight.
"The concept is that we're bringing together groups that can help people realize what they want to do in their lives. Whether ... you want to get a home mortgage, whether you want to know how to buy a home from Land Bank, or whether you want to get into job training, or if you're an entrepreneur with a great idea looking for access to capital, all of that will be at the opportunity fairs," Wiley says.