MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gave his final State of the City address Tuesday.

Coleman is leaving his job as mayor after three terms to focus on a 2018 gubernatorial run.

“Our city is growing, with our population exceeding 300,000 for the first time since 1970,” Coleman said. “Private sector are jobs moving back to pre-recession levels. People in businesses are investing in all four corners of the city.”

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He also urged the legislature to invest in local government.

The mayor spoke at the newly-renovated St. Paul Pipefitters training center to emphasize job creation. The facility is designed to keep workers up to date on cutting-edge developments in the field.

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