~ In his eighth and final State of the City Address, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure took a moment to reflect on his 50 years of public service and the past year in Springfield. The address, which was livestreamed from Evangel University's Robert H. Spence Chapel, was part of the June Good Morning Springfield! program hosted by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

During his speech, Mayor McClure expressed his disbelief at how quickly time has passed since he was first elected mayor in 2017. He noted that in just seven short years, the world has changed in many ways, including surviving a pandemic and addressing seemingly insurmountable problems.

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The mayor also highlighted the resilience and strength of the community during these challenging times. He mentioned how they have come together to fight crime, contain fires, build new roads, and confront a deadly disease. Despite these challenges, Mayor McClure emphasized that they have emerged stronger than before.

He also spoke about the city's progress in enhancing economic development and quality of life for its residents. The community has found new ways to tackle old problems and prevent new ones from arising.

The State of the City Address was well-received by those in attendance and those watching via livestream. The full text of Mayor McClure's speech can be viewed on the City's Facebook page for those who missed it. As he concludes his term as mayor, Mayor McClure's words serve as a reminder of the extraordinary journey that Springfield has been on over the past seven years.

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