Economic growth and fiscal responsibility are in Southlake’s future, according to Mayor John Huffman.

Southlake held its first State of the City on Aug. 10 at The Marq in Bicentennial Park. Huffman, Mayor Pro Tem Randy Williamson and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Shawn McCaskill spoke on Southlake’s economic status, public safety, community spirit and capital projects.

“The state of Southlake is strong,” Huffman said.

Southlake will continue to support small businesses that make the “economy thrive,” Huffman said in his speech. He said the city will continue to cut taxes when able and be an “example of financial stability and discipline” to surrounding cities.

Huffman also noted the community "[banding] together" during the last two years with COVID-19 and the freeze in February 2021. He commended the community for supporting small businesses at the start of the pandemic. For the freeze, he thanked public works for quickly activating and implementing emergency plans the city “hoped” would never be necessary.

Over the next year, Huffman said the city will “no doubt face challenges,” some of which can be anticipated and others that cannot, he said.

“We pray that in the coming year we won’t face another historic crisis, but if we do, [then] rest assured that your city leadership is ready, and we will do whatever it takes to deliver city services with excellence even in the most trying of times,” Huffman said. “Because that’s what Southlake deserves.”

Huffman spoke on several of these topics during the city update given at the Southlake Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon on July 28.

“It is my solemn pledge as your mayor that in everything we do and say, Southlake will stand apart,” Huffman said. “In a world where politics are defined by corruption and greed, Southlake will stand for integrity and public trust.”