Nearly 500 officials, residents and business owners packed the ballroom of the recently renovated Marriott Hotel for Mayor George Pradel’s 17th annual State of the City Address. Dressed in a tuxedo and top hat, Pradel thanked city staff and local businesses for all the great work in 2011.
“The state of the city is strong because we value working together,” said Pradel. “By combining our talents resources and dollars we can continue to provide our residents and businesses with exceptional level of service.”
Pradel revealed that Naperville is in a much better financial state than this time last year, and even had an exciting announcement to make
“We have a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year!” he said.
The city was facing a projected $11.2 million budget gap. City Manager Doug Krieger attributed that to sales tax revenue, increased employment, and a slightly improved housing market. The mayor’s State of the City ended with a positive look at 2012.
“Times are tough but we’ll make it through by working together,” said Pradel. “In 2012 we’ll find even greater success renewing our commitment to stand together and make our community even greater.”
Attendees left with a positive outlook on the state of Naperville.
“I was really happy to hear how things were really turning around, particularly with the sales tax and the housing markets and the rest,” said Darlene Senger, State Representative, 96th District. “That’s encouraging. Now hopefully we can keep moving in the right direction.”
“I think going in the future, there’s so many thing to keep Naperville going at this pace,” said Mark Puknaitis, Fire Chief. “It’s just become a very progressive great place to raise a family, run a business and just have great professional services.”
Pradel and the Chamber of Commerce thanked the Marriott for hosting them with a ribbon cutting. While the hotel isn’t officially open, they were excited to invite the public to see all the hard work.
“I walked in the back door this morning and I actually could smell cooking and bacon and pastries from Belgio’s Catering,” said Dan Gustafson, General Manager of the Chicago Marriott Naperville. “It was wonderful to have the smell of a hotel versus a construction site and everything else that goes on with construction.”
The Marriott officially opens their doors on April 2nd.
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