KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered the annual State of the City address Monday morning at Park Hill High School.
Mayor James said he chose to change up the venue and include a room full of 400 teenagers because "high schoolers make up 5 percent of the city's population but 100 percent of the city's future."
He said young people are the ones who will inherit the consequences, good and bad, and so he wanted to share with them where we are and where we are headed as a city.
The mayor said his administration is improving the city by focusing on 4 E's: efficiency, employment, enforcement, and education.
He said progress has been made with employment and efficiency, but work still needs to be done with enforcement and education.
He highlighted some of the most recent bragging points for the city including Kansas City being named one of the top ten cities to travel to, top six cities to start a business in and top 20 cities to raise a family in.
At the end of the address, Mayor James invited five high school students on stage for a town hall question and answer session on some of issues that matter most to them.