Mayor James says West Palm Beach poised to become world-class city

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James gives the State of the City. (WPEC)

Mayor Keith James says the city of West Palm Beach is poised for the future.

"Our challenges are outweighed by our opportunity," said James, in his inaugural State of the City Address Tuesday morning at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

"The saying, 'We are in this together,' isn't just a throwaway line," said James.

"Rather it's an urban report card, one that grades communities on its healthy economy, the vitality of its neighborhoods, the security of its citizens, the movement of people in private and public transit, and its attractiveness to new generations of residents looking to move here, learn here, and earn here," the mayor said.

"I'm proud to report the city of West Palm Beach is making important advances on all these fronts as we continue the rapid transformation from a small town to a thoroughly modern world class city," James added.

There will be some special hardware in attendance.

The World Series trophy won by the Washington Nationals will be on hand.

The Washington Nationals train at the the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

“I am honored that the Washington Nationals have chosen the annual State of the City Breakfast during which to showcase the World Series Trophy—the ultimate in teamwork and achievement—in the City of West Palm Beach,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “We are very proud to have the Nationals in our city for Spring Training. We extend our appreciation to the Nationals and FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches for sharing the trophy with us during the Chamber breakfast. We wish the Nationals much success in 2020, and we look forward to seeing the team during Spring Training in just a few weeks!”

"We are thrilled that our championship season began in the City of West Palm Beach, and we couldn’t be happier to bring the trophy to Mayor James’ State of the City Address,” said Mark D. Lerner, Managing Principal Owner and Vice Chairman of the Washington Nationals. “West Palm Beach is important to us. It’s where we kick off our year and it has become our second home!"