An excerpt from the 2017 State of the City Address given by Mayor Pete Saenz on Jan. 12, 2017:


Laredo continues to grow in population and size. As per the U.S. Census, Laredo's population is estimated at over 282,000, an increase of 19.5% in the last 5 years. This represents an average annual growth of 3.9 %. Likewise, in 2016 the City of Laredo grew by over 2,000 acres which were voluntarily annexed. This year, the City has grown by an additional 1,900 acres.

Building construction is on the rise; new businesses continue to open up shop; trade through Laredo's ports of entry remains at the top of its game; crime is on the decline; public improvements are changing the City's landscape and setting the foundation for future growth; public health and the environment continue to be protected; and, recreational amenities and housing opportunities continue to be expanded.

As a municipal government, our task as civic leaders comes down to jobs being created and improving quality of life.

Continued growth and prosperity requires that the private and public sector work together, that we communicate, and that we be receptive to new ideas. There is still a lot of work to be done, so that all members of our community prosper.

Our mind set should be-------- "Let's Give it Our All!"

As we continue to work together on issues that both affect and benefit Laredo and Texas, I ask that our State agency counterparts and our State elected officials join in on the effort to "give it our all."

"For it is in giving that we receive."- Francis of Assissi