Since taking office December 1, Mayor David Martin gave his first State of The City speech before the Board of Representatives. He says Stamford is a strong city for several reasons.
One, because crime is down and it's the safest city in New England.
The Mayor also says although slow, the city's job market is improving steadily.
Martin also attributing the city's strength to the quality of its schools and investing in the city's youth -- like the recent decision to purchase the Strawberry Hill Ave. property to build an elementary school.
"The city -- with your support -- is purchasing the property at 200 Strawberry Hill Avenue, which I believe to be one of the most significant purchases over the past 30 years," said Mayor David Martin, "And with your support, the city was able to submit a grant application to the state, hopefully enabling us to receive state funds should the board decide to use the property as a public school."
Martin also says more people are moving into the city that works -- over 1,000 apartment units have recently opened or are under construction -- and looking ahead, he says they're working on a new way to map out development projects.
"A new process for mapping our new development projects. We actually tried this template out on the 'hole in the ground,' parcel 38, and we achieved approval in record time without necessarily giving in to all the developers demands," said Martin.