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WARREN, Ohio -
Warren Mayor Doug Franklin delivered his state of the city address Wednesday evening in the city's council chambers.

During the hour long speech, Mayor Franklin said that in order to ask new businesses and homeowners to invest in the city, the city must first be willing to make that investment for themselves.

"A decision by any outside entity considering investment in Warren- whether for a new home or a new enterprise- is most assuredly effected by their perception of how we care for our own properties," said Franklin.

As part of his plan, the mayor called for a 7-million dollar investment into several city buildings. This includes city hall, the central fire station, Packard Music Hall, as well as the purchase of a new government services building.

"The best part is the debt and maintenance cost are 100% covered by the rents of the existing tenants. This is truly a win-win for the city and the tax payers," said Franklin.

He also talked about continuing the demolition of vacant homes, and much needed repairs to city streets.

"We will make an  aggressive $3 million investment into our city streets in 2014 and we will be concentrating on those residential streets that are ineligible for the state and federal funds, that's why they've been neglected so long, but we're going to address that this year," said Franklin.

Another key part to attracting investors, is making a safe community.  And in spite of a down sizing workforce that's due to state and federal funding cuts the city must still provide protection to more than 40,000 residents.

This requires better training for police and fire, and better outreach to the citizens.

Aspects Franklin said are paying off.

He recognized police for their work during a hostage situation last week at the Trumbull County jail. He also credited a collaboration with state and federal agencies for bringing a record amount of drugs and 132 illegal firearms and assault rifles off the street during a yearlong investigation dubbed operation " little D'town."

The mayor ended his speech by thanking those who have taken an active role in making Warren a better place.  He also stressed to citizens that in order for Warren to be successful everyone must do their best to present a good image of the community.
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