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January 11, 2014

Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt's inaugural speech

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Finally, tonight we pay special tribute to our military veterans and their families. Thank you for your service to our country and, on a personal note, thank you for working hand in hand with me during these past two years.

You remind me - you remind us all - what true sacrifice and honor are about and your contributions to our community are truly appreciated.

Two years ago, I stood before you in this beautiful Wiggin Auditorium and took the oath of office as the 14th mayor of the city of Peabody. I said at that time that I was humbled by the faith and confidence you had placed in me and that I was truly thrilled to lead our great city forward.

That night I focused my remarks on two main themes which I considered priorities to begin my first term; spurring economic development and renewing pride in Peabody.

Well, thanks to the hard work, support, contributions, guidance, and advice of so many in this hall tonight – as well as so many others throughout our community - I am happy to report that Peabody is on the rise.

Downtown peabody is on the rise.

This past summer we completed work on our $1.9 million Main Street realignment project aimed at slowing traffic through Peabody Square, making shops and restaurants more accessible and improving parking and pedestrian safety.

The early reviews are in and they are overwhelmingly positive. Traffic flow is indeed slower, (perhaps too slow for some and we will continue to make adjustments where needed) pedestrians are safer and the area looks more inviting than it has in many years.

To re-introduce the new and improved Main Street to residents and visitors alike, we partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association to host a series of family-friendly events which met with great success.

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