Mayor’s Memo: 2023 State of the City Address

Renton Mayor Armond Pavone’s monthly memo allows residents to hear about local government happenings.

On March 21, I delivered the first State of the City address since 2019. Thank you to everyone who attended. If you could not be there, I hope you’ll watch the address and see all the city’s accomplishments and what impactful and exciting new ideas and projects we have planned for this year and beyond.

I’m proud to say Renton has emerged from the effects of COVID as a shining example of how a community comes together, meets hardships head-on, and refines and grows from those pressures. We were also reminded of our strengths as an organization and opportunities for growth.

Our success would not be possible without the efforts of our hard-working City Councilmembers: Council President Valerie O’Halloran​ and Councilmembers Ryan McIrvin, Ruth Pérez, Ed Prince, Kim-Khánh Văn, Carmen Rivera, and James Alberson, Jr. and the leadership of our department administrators plays a crucial role in our success.

They partner with their talented staff of over 600 who work to improve our community daily.

It also takes you. By volunteering your time and talents on dozens of community boards, committees, commissions, and other volunteer experiences, we have a genuinely representative government. Your diverse viewpoints, experiences, and perspectives help us define city policies and keep us focused on the efficient and effective delivery of services.

Together, councilmembers, staff, and community work to support our vision for Renton:

Renton is the center of opportunity in the Puget Sound Region, where families and businesses thrive.

  • It means we focus on providing the best service possible to our residents.
  • It means we provide tools to ensure opportunity for all and listen to diverse audiences’ needs.
  • It means we ensure a safe and healthy environment.
  • It means we pursue bringing good jobs, new employers, and diverse housing options to the City of Renton.

To bring that vision to life, we clearly align our intentions with our mission statement:

The City of Renton, in partnership and communication with residents, businesses, and schools, is dedicated to:

  • Provide a safe, healthy, vibrant community.
  • Promote economic vitality and strategically position Renton for the future.
  • Support planned growth and influence decisions to foster environmental sustainability.
  • Build an inclusive, informed city with equitable outcomes for all in support of social, economic, and racial justice.
  • Meet service demands and provide high-quality customer service with measurable outcomes.

My State of the City address detailed how we’ve focused on keeping that vision and mission a reality while responding to and anticipating your needs.

Our work to make Renton the best place to live, work and do business is continuous. You can help us tackle complex and involved challenges by attending council meetings, joining a board or committee, and getting involved through our numerous volunteer opportunities. These are the best ways to become an active participant in local government.

Please contact my office anytime or email with your thoughts, comments, questions, or concerns.