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Calvo expected to focus on Guam's improvements

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 by Ken Quintanilla                                                                      

Guam - This evening, Governor Eddie Calvo is set to deliver his first State of the Island Address since being re-elected a second term in Adelup. And while last year's address focused on investing in the future, what can we expect tonight?

Calvo says he believes the state of our island is better, saying, "You take a look everyday and whether it's on in regards to more law enforcement out in the street, additional healthcare services being provided to our people or to veterans; in additional services that are being provides to different government agencies or different services being provided by the private sector, opportunities for employment in this community - we do believe the island has stabilized and we are in a period of growth."

It's that very growth in terms of our economy that the island's chief executive says will be the focus of his address tonight. "A lot of focus will be in continuing the momentum, actually increasing the momentum in regards to economic growth on this island - with strong economic growth, it allows with that engine that's going full throttle, allows a government to get its necessary resources so we can continue to further stabilize government and stabilizes services and at the same time improve in the quality of life for all our people."

Along with economic vitality Governor Calvo says there will also be discussion on issues the people of Guam face that are not within our control. "And a lot of that has to do with our relations with the federal government, and whether through reasons of federal action or inaction have tremendous burdens on this community, and these are areas that are important to point out because as we work internally on what we can do to improve the quality of life for our people of Guam," he added.

And whether he'll unveil any new initiatives, we'll just have to wait and see. But the governor says the most of what's outlined will be a continuation of the long-term agenda the administration has set. And while last year's address was held outdoors at the Plaza De Espana, they'll bring it back to the Guam Legislature. He added, "The Legislature will be renovating and rehabilitating the Old Congress Building, so I fully anticipate that this event will be the last speech made by a governor to a legislature in that venue. And of course next year, I anticipate I will be the first governor to make a State of the Island Address in the newly-renovated Guam Legislature building in Downtown Agana."

The State of the Island Address begins tonight at 6:30pm.
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