Hillsboro "State of the City" address warms the audience

SteveCallawaySOC   Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway and his team must have talked with groundhog Punxsutawney Phil prior to his "State of the City" address and learned of the prediction of six more weeks of winter, because the city's parting gift at its event this week was a warm scarf.
   In his first "State of City" address as the new Mayor of Hillsboro, Callaway showed his sense of humor and professionalism as he addressed a packed Council Chambers on Tuesday night.
   He introduced many in the audience, including "Hillsboro's favorite Willey," Judy.  
   Callaway did show a more serious side as he spoke about valuing all of Hillsboro's citizens.
   "Diversity is one of Hillsboro's greatest strengths," said Callaway.
   The Mayor touched on the community's investment in youth education with the Youth Advisory Council, Future Connect scholarships, and the city's internship programs.
   Callaway also touched on new employers in the city; the Willamette Water Supply Program with Tualatin Valley Water District; the public/private partnership of the redevelopment of the former Hank's Thrifway site on Baseline; and the renewal of the city's local property tax levy funding fire, police, and parks.
   The "State of the City" address also included the Hillsboro City Council, who participated with the audience in a karoake sing-along about "the library of things."
   To see and hear the sing-along click on the video, click here.