State of the City: Suttle talks jobs, crime, future goals

Feb 28, 2013

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle gives his State of the City address Thursday at UNMC.
Credit Katie Schubert / KIOS-FM

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says job creation has to be the city’s top priority.

Suttle gave his State of the City address Thursday. It’s his last such address before the upcoming city elections. During the 20-minute-long speech, Suttle talked about the role of Omaha’s financial stability in attracting jobs. He said Omaha has put $13 million toward 217 businesses through the city’s small and emerging business program.

Suttle’s address also focused on public safety. He praised efforts that got more than 900 illegal guns off Omaha’s streets in 2012. But he also used the speech to once again encourage Nebraska lawmakers to pass a “Truth in Sentencing” law. That bill was heard in the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

A series of roundtable discussions are now planned following the State of the City address. One is Friday at Christie Heights Community Center. Another is Saturday morning at Omaha North High School.