Tomorrow is the annual State of the City address here in Reno, Nevada. I attended last year's event, and to be honest, it wasn't very insightful. It focused almost exclusively on 2016 and on the small pork-belly projects of the council members. This year, I hope that she focuses on what is to come and truthfully addresses the problems that Reno folks are dealing with - increased violent crimes, homeless persons on the rise, lack of housing, rising costs and not wages, land developments, etc..
The big event is tomorrow, and I'm actually FLATTERED about this year's State of the City topic here in Reno, because I've already seen most of it. In fact, I helped to coordinate a luncheon that was held last October (2017) with a familiar topic. In August 2017, I invited the City of Reno's Arts, Culture and Events Manager to speak at our local Reno-Tahoe American Marketing Association Luncheon at the Atlantis Hotel Casino. I wanted her to speak on how arts, events and culture are being used to market and grow Reno. She gave her presentation and it was excellent.
I invited the City Manager and the entire City Council, and even Councilman David Bobzien attended and addressed the crowd. It was great. Now get this! The topic of our luncheon was "Big Arts, Little City". So you can imagine how I was surprised when I head the topic of the State of the City this year was "Big Arts, Little City". I'm sure its not a 1 to 1 copy of the luncheon I coordinated, but I am happy that I can say that I wore it first!
Here's to hoping that the mayor didn't spend $10,000 on this year's event!