Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell Tuesday outlined the future goals and present state of the city in his 4th 'State of the City' Address.
Leffingwell started his speech by saying the city continues to grow at a remarkable rate in population.
Austin is now the 13th largest city in the nation and one of the fastest- growing cities in the country. In fact, last year alone population grew by 3.8 percent.
Leffingwell said the city can also continue to boast economic accomplishments with a low 5 percent unemployment rate which is under both the state and national rates. But despite the positive state of the city, Mayor Leffingwell says the area shouldn't remain stagnant.
"Austin never should really arrive anywhere. To stay the same, we've got to change. To be where we are, we've got to move forward. Because change will Austin come to Austin whether we like it or not," Leffingwell said.
In a question and answer session following his speech, Mayor Leffingwell also spoke about his goals to link the Austin airport to Europe with a non- stop flight to one of Europe's largest cities.