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DENVER - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock delivered the annual State of the City address on Monday at 11 a.m.

Mayor Hancock made speech from the Denver Art Museum. It was open to the public.

"The State of our City has never been more vibrant," Hancock said. "Denver is thriving."

The mayor talked about the priorities for the city moving forward. He also looked back on what was accomplished during his first three years in office.

"We continue to restore essential services, such as hiring more safety officers, enhancing park maintenance and increasing library hours, and we are now among the most financially secure cities in the nation," Hancock said. "Since 2011, more than 27,000 new jobs and 1,500 businesses have been added to the Denver economy, and the unemployment rate has been cut nearly in half."

Hancock referenced new developments in the city like Union Station and the Welton Street area. He went on to talk about how Denverites live "healthy, happy lives" and referenced everyone's access to fresh foods and affordable housing.

He looked ahead to next year and to the second term he hopes to win. So far, no one has stepped up to oppose him in next spring's municipal election.

He hopes to create a town center on Morrison Road, finalize efforts to formally designate more than 700 acres of protected parkland and hopes to address a full range of housing challenges.

"The best is yet to come," Hancock said. "And in this city, our great city, everyone matters. We will not rest until the promise of opportunity is within reach of every resident, business and child."

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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