Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The White House announced that Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is among those who will serve on a task force tackling "climate preparedness and resilience." Becker will advise the federal government on how to help local communities.

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will present his 2014 State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the University of Utah.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at noon in the Varsity Room on the sixth floor of the Rice-Eccles Stadium and Tower, 451 S. 1400 East.

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The speech, usually given at the Salt Lake City-County building, will focus on a single challenge facing the community.

“By moving the speech to a venue with a magnificent view of our Capital City, I want to underscore the importance of the topic I will be highlighting this year," Becker said in a prepared statement. "I think when Salt Lake City residents hear the focus of the speech, they will agree it is the most pressing issue facing our community today."

The public will have a chance to visit and chat with Becker at an informal reception following the speech.