“Providing jobs in this economy is not easy,” Suttle said. “But it is crucial to the health of our city on so many levels and should be a priority for all of us. Entering the New Year, we should continue working together to make Omaha the best place to live.”
Suttle also said he will work with the federal government and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in an attempt to defray the costs for the city’s federally-mandated $1.7 billion sewer separation project.
Other priorities include keeping the city and neighborhoods safe and rebuilding streets and parks. Suttle said he will continue to emphasize long-range planning.
“We have seen what decades of short term decision making has done – while it may sound good in a political debate, taxpayers suffer in the long run and we can’t afford to continue on that path.”
Suttle also recognized some of his administration’s accomplishments from 2011: restoring a stable outlook on the city’s AAA bond rating, overcoming the Missouri River flood, taking more than 700 illegal guns off the streets and approving 18 tax increment financing redevelopment projects worth $150 million.