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State of the City Offers Hope For 2013

In his 8th State of the City address Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was fired up about the future of the capitol city and said that residents should be ready to clear a path to success in 2013.

As our Nick Perreault explains Mayor Bernero says he can not do it alone.

"I'm confident in Lansing's future success, precisely because of our past success," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

Mayor Virg Bernero says the city has a lot of success to build on.

The most recent highlight, the Lansing built Cadillac ATS named North American car of the year.

In his speech tonight, the mayor says he likes what he sees in the road ahead, in the auto industry and elsewhere.

"We didn't lose anytime, while a number of cities were going downhill or sliding down, Lansing was not," Bernero said.

And the mayor says the future looks brighter than ever, with home sales up 23% compared to the same time year and unemployment at 6.7%, the lowest in four years.

Bernero says that has led to some key investments including one from the pharmaceutical company Emergent Bio-Solutions,

"They will power up their Lansing presence with a $108 million investment over the next five years.

The first phase of their expansion, a new $9.6 million administration building on their north Lansing campus is already nearing completion."

It's progress the mayor describes as tremendous, but his main priority still is providing better public safety for Lansing residents.

"Next month the Lansing police department will launch its second gun-buy back program," Mayor Bernero said.

But the mayor did said progress is a road that may have a few pot-holes, the biggest a $9 million dollar deficit and it's a problem he can't solve alone.

"The real power in our system isn't up here, it's out there with the people, with you."

From investments to jobs to improved safety measures Mayor Bernero says 2013 can be filled with hope and optimism, but will only be successful if everyone can work together.

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