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Message from the Mayor

March 2014     

More than six years ago, you elected me the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. It is the greatest honor of my life to serve you and this fi ne city.

When I took the oath of offi ce in January 2008, I pledged that I would lower crime; increase high school and college graduation rates; make Philadelphia the greenest city in America; and attract new businesses and new residents. I also pledged to lead an ethical City government, delivering excellent and cost eff ective services to all taxpayers.

I take these responsibilities very seriously and am proud and humbled by the important work that has been accomplished, despite enormous economic challenges presented by the Great Recession. Through our work, a transformation is happening: we are improving the well-being of Philadelphians, including our most vulnerable residents. In recognition of our outstanding and innovative eff orts, City government has received more than 140 awards during the past six years. None of this would have been possible without the expertise and dedication of our public employees. Yet, I want us to achieve even more. And so my Administration will continue to do all we can in order to deliver our bold vision for Philadelphia.

I am presenting you this report of my Administration’s accomplishments to date and major priorities for the next two years. I know, based on all that we have achieved so far, that City
government’s sustained progress depends on your active feedback, collaboration, and partnership.

Please join me as we strive to achieve this ambitious agenda and more.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Nutter
Mayor