PORTAGE | Mayor James Snyder touted his administration's accomplishments during his State of the City address Thursday.
And he told the some 200 people gathered at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon that the city will continue "to set its bar" high, aiming to be a "premier community to raise a family."
Snyder also gave his address to Portage High School students earlier in the morning and held an early evening address at City Hall.
"We are the future of the region," he said.
During his speech, he praised his staff, the city council and Clerk-Treasurer Chris Stidham.
A Republican, Snyder said he felt Washington, D.C., could learn a lesson from the city. While he and the Democrat-dominated council have had their issues, he said he believes "Portage elected officials put away their political parties" and work for the best interest of the city and its residents.
Snyder cited the accomplishments in reducing the city's workforce by 8 percent through an early retirement offering; realigning employee health insurance programs and moving to an automated trash pick up system as major accomplishments.
Snyder updated those in attendance on several other issues, including:
• His work with the state Legislature and the Indiana Port Commission to get the port to pay its fair share of expenses for city services.
• Said the city will continue to work to centralize city departments to improve efficiency and operations.
• Said the city is nearing the purchase of the Marina Shores development on the north side, which would make the city's public marina the largest in the region.
• The city's continued work to bring in additional jobs to the city, including challenging the county to invest in the construction of flex industrial buildings.
He also challenged county officials to "keep their commitment" to provide services to residents of north Porter County by locating county auditor, assessor and treasurer offices in the University Center.