Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Monday that the city is financially strong, well-maintained and bent on turning challenges into opportunities.
In his annual State of the City speech, the mayor said the city has experienced four straight years of budget surpluses and that the proposed 2014 budget is down $5 million from 2013, to $471 million. While the city is spending more money a year than when he took office in 2009, the increases overall aren't as steep, according to his presentation.
He talked about education and energy, homelessness and public safety, Ship Creek development and the Olympic prospects.
As to challenges, the city is still working on a way to complete the Port of Anchorage rebuild. The project stalled years ago, and the city contends the design is flawed.
The mayor's presentation included rankings on various "best of" lists: 9th best place to live, according to Kiplinger.com; 12th best midsize city for jobs, according to Forbes.com; 5th best state for entrepreneurial activity, according to the Kauffman Index.