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Tigard mayor announces annual State of the City address

TIMES FILES PHOTO - Tigard Mayor John L. Cook speaks during a town hall in 2014. Cook is scheduled to give the annual 'State of the City' address on Thursday, Feb. 4.Tigard Mayor John L. Cook will deliver his annual State of the City address on Thursday, Feb. 4 at Indio Spirits, in Tigard.

The yearly community event offers residents a glimpse into how the city has spent the past year, and its goals for the future.

It’s a change of scene for Cook, who has traditionally given the State of the City address in Tigard City Council chambers.

Joanne Bengston, executive assistant to the mayor’s office, said that the event is being held outside of City Hall to accommodate the large number of people expected to attend, and to help showcase local businesses.

Indo Spirits, located at 7272 S.W. Durham Road, near Bridgeport Village, moved back to Tigard in 2013 after years in Eugene.

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What: Tigard’s State of the City address

Where: Indio Spirits, 7272 S.W. Durham Road

When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4

Tickets: Tickets are available online

The event is free but space is limited. The city is giving away 155 free tickets to anyone wishing to attend.

A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Tigard Police color guard will kick off the celebration at 7:30 p.m., followed by Cook’s address.

As usual, Cook’s State of the City address is expected to include a video presentation chronicling how Tigard spent the previous year. Cook has used used video presentations since 2014.

Want to RSVP? Tickets are available online.

Because alcohol will be served, the event is limited to people age 21 and older. Bring your ticket with you. According to the city, the ticket is good for one free libation.

Cook’s address comes a week before Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden plans to give his own State of the City speech on Feb. 10.

Here is Cook’s 2015 State of the City address:

By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor, The Times
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