Thirty million dollars in new infrastructure upgrades, and the creation of a Mayor's Office of Small Business headlined West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio's 2016 State of the City Address.
Before a packed ballroom at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Mayor Muoio spelled out her vision for the future of the city. She revealed the city planning $30 million dollars in road improvements, city park upgrades, neighborhood enhancements and more. The funding will come from a new bond issued by the city. It will be the first time in ten years the city has issued a bond for new projects. Mayor Muoio told the audience the time has come.
"I too have grown more comfortable with the measured yet steady recovery in our economy. As a result, I believe it is time we address some of the longer term projects that have been put on the back burner due to limited funds and an unsure future," said Muoio.
The Mayor also announced the creation of the Office of Small Business.
"The office will be a one-stop shop for business owners to learn about and apply for all the different programs we have available," said the Mayor. "From grants to renovate buildings to accessing a small business revolving loan fund, the Mayor's Office of Small Business will be the one place where a small business owner can take advantage of all the help offered throughout the city."