Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's State of the City address laid out the Mayor's plans for the future of the city, and for himself.
During his annual address, in which the mayor declared the state of the city strong, Mr. Reed saved his own announcement for the end.
"I have decided to offer myself for re-election for mayor," he says.
As for the city's future, the mayor says, with Atlanta's financial crisis behind us, it is time to move forward.
Mayor Reed wants to give all city employees a pay raise, wants to open more recreation centers and wants to increase public safety in the city's schools.
He spoke of the police department's use of video surveillance as a tool to reduce crime and wants to run that technology to all Atlanta public schools.
"It is not that expensive," Mayor Reed told his audience, "and it is a cost we can bear."
As for where the city stands right now, the mayor says he worst seems to be over.
When he took office three years ago, Reed says, the city was deep in red ink and the city's pension crisis was dragging Atlanta down.
Now, he says, the city's cash reserves are up, spending has been cut, and, through cooperation, the pension system for Atlanta is "the model for the rest of the United States."
Public safety is another high point for the mayor.
He says that for two decades mayors had been promising a police force with 2000 employees.
As of right now the APD has 1934 workers, after Reed's administration orchestrated the hiring of more the 700 people.
As for violent crime in Atlanta, it's at its lowest level since 1969.
The Mayor's proposal to give all employees of Atlanta a pay raise was met with loud applause, and a standing ovation from uniformed police and firefighters.