Boswell: State of the city is strong

HARLINGEN — The overall message was clear — the city is better off now than it was five years ago.

During a 40-minute speech in front of a crowd of more than 250 people at Casa de Amistad yesterday, Mayor Chris Boswell explained all the reasons he sees it that way.

In front of local leaders, elected officials, city staff and city stakeholders, Boswell presented his state of the city address, spending much of his time commending city staff and talking about the city’s positives and improvements during the past five years.

“Seeing how much we’ve accomplished in that relatively short time, I think you’ll appreciate even more why Harlingen is a fantastic place in which to invest, live and visit,” Boswell said before getting to the meat of his speech.

Some of the statements that received the most response from the crowd focused on crime, the creation of jobs, the water department projects, community development grants, mention of the medical school campus, the airport and the BaxterBuilding project.

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