LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Mayor Glen Robertson says the future of Lubbock is bright. That was his message in Tuesday's State of the City address.
Hundreds of community leaders and businessmen showed up to the Civic Center to hear what the mayor had to say about the past and future of Lubbock, Texas.
Robertson emphasized four key topics in his presentation:
Water resources and transportation
Continuing the search to find a new city manager, as current manager James Loomis plans to leave next spring.
Decision-making for future power generation at LP&L
A new master facilities plan which will include the future use of the Omni building.
Robertson said he's encouraged by trends in the Lubbock economy, and the population growth from 2005 to 2014.
Population numbers have increased by around 30,000 in the past nine years and unemployment numbers are below the state and national average.
Robertson says he plans for growth in the city to continue, partly due to the recent drop in oil and gas.
"Those jobs are disappearing and Lubbock is the local government, big city in West Texas that people are naturally going to migrate back to," he said.
Gas prices have fallen below $2 a gallon, making today's price at the pump the lowest in seven years.
But Robertson says one of the most important issues is preserving one of West Texas' most valued crops, cotton.
"We have struggled through a drought and on top of that have no price supports - plus the high cost of cotton seed and chemicals and irrigation," Robertson said.
"Cotton farmers are in a precarious situation right now. I believe the future of Lubbock will still greatly depend on agriculture and we've got to figure out a way to come together and protect it."