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Adams to deliver his final State of the City address

Annual event is City Club of Portland tradition

Mayor Sam Adams will deliver his annual State of the City address before the City Club of Portland at noon on Friday at the Governor Hotel.

Historically, Adams and other mayors have used the yearly address to review their accomplishments and announce new policy policy initiatives. Because Adams is not running for re-election, this will be his last State of the City address.

Announcing the event on its website, the City Club wrote, "Throughout Mayor Sam Adams' time in office, Portland has faced significant challenges, including a struggling economy, poor high school graduation rates and persistent inequality. There are, however, some signs of improvement. Unemployment rates in the Portland metro area have dropped below the national average and graduation rates within Portland Public Schools have risen five percent over the last year."

The City Club is a long-standing Portland civic organization. The event is sold out, but members of the public can pay $5 at the door for seating in the general admission section.