Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy delivered his “State of the City” address on the steps of City Hall Monday evening. During his address, Deasy discussed the issues Flagstaff has faced recently including an economic downturn, post-wildfire flooding, and the pandemic. Deasy mentioned that Flagstaff has made flood damage protection a top priority, due to the million dollars in damage resulting from last summer’s monsoon season. He stated that many community members are struggling to find houses to rent and purchase as the city’s housing market continues to decline. Deasy also discussed the appreciation Flagstaff has for its healthcare professionals, while noting that the community has the highest vaccination rate in the state of Arizona. He mentioned that the city has come together to overcome these challenges, transforming its approach to many issues. Deasy also brought up a recent rebound in Flagstaff’s economy resulting from tourism, job growth, and the city’s recent support of small businesses. Deasy explained how Flagstaff is making an effort to involve the community in its local government by making city council meetings accessible to viewers online.