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Cedar Rapids Mayor To Present State of the City Speech

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - In a special luncheon today, Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett will deliver his 5th State of the City speech.

Two years ago, the mayor focused largely on the impact of the flood and recovery efforts.

But last year, the mayor opted for a sports analogy, saying the city after years of recovery from the flood of 2008 was getting its "second wind."

What he meant was instead of fatigue after that long battle the city was actually getting stronger and forging ahead with growth and not just restoring what was lost to high water.

This year, he tells me the message will be "confidence" with examples of how the city is taking care of business and forging ahead when even more growth.

One thing the mayor didn't touch on in his speech last year was the battle to bring a casino to the downtown. Of course, it was the first question asked.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will visit the proposed site in April and also vote on the issue.

So, the casino is probably a "safe bet" as a topic to come up again today.

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