State of the City 2019

“Richardson’s Value Proposition”
Richardson is strong and successful: 2019 State of the City
At his annual State of the City Address, Mayor Paul Voelker focused on the City’s most significant achievements in 2018, wrapped in a theme of “Richardson’s Value Proposition.” Videos featuring the Mayor and City Council members enhanced the address, and special guests/community leaders who have helped in the City’s success were recognized.

“We are very aware that we are competing with the region, the nation and sometimes even the world,” Voelker said.

Among the past year’s accomplishments highlighted were:
  • Funding was secured for the DART Cotton Belt Rail Project, which will connect Richardson to Addison and DFW Airport via rail and include a fifth station for the city, to be located at UT Dallas.
  • The Richardson East Rotary Club raised more than $500,000 toward the Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground at Cottonwood Park, enabling the construction to begin this year and including several enhancements to the original plans.
  • In the past five years the City replaced or repaired 49 miles of roads, 35 miles of sidewalks and nearly 10 miles of alleys. These numbers include the seven miles of roads, 1.7 miles of alleys and six miles of sidewalks that were done in Fiscal 2017-18.
  • Homeowners completed 143 Home Improvement Incentive Program projects, adding more than $20 million in neighborhood reinvestment.
  • Fox Creek Park opened, the City’s 38th park, and a new perimeter trail at the Spring Creek Nature Area was completed; four-and-a-half miles of bike lanes were added throughout the city.
Videos of the event are available here.