Mayor Berry talks job growth, public safety in 'State of the City'

Posted at: 11/13/2013 8:04 AM
Updated at: 11/13/2013 1:51 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Residents of Albuquerque heard from Mayor Richard Berry about his vision for the next four years during the state of the city address on Monday morning.

One of the mayor's first talking points was job growth. He said the city added 5,100 jobs in the last year and experienced five months of consecutive job growth.

Mayor Berry also discussed the economic success of the New Mexico Film Office, the revival of home prices in Albuquerque and the growing number of businesses registered with the city.

"The economic indicators are there, we're absolutely moving forward," he said.

Mayor Berry pledged to make public safety a priority in his second term and brought up the shooting attack that injured four officers in downtown Albuquerque last month. He noted the city's violent crime rate has gone down while the number of property crime arrests has doubled.

Mayor Berry also mentioned education. He said he wants to work on the United Way's "Mission Graduate" drive. He has a goal of adding 60,000 new college graduates by 2020. He also said he wants to work with the school district on helping high school students focus on skilled trades.

The mayor will also host a public address at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center in northeast Albuquerque at 7 p.m.