And this year, we’re building a better summer jobs program for the young people in our city. Last year, we recruited 38 new companies as part of our effort that put 10,000 kids to work. I thank all of you who contributed to that success. This year, I want to see another 40 new firms hire young people for the first time. It costs just $2,000 to hire a student. The City invests over $4 million. Together with our longstanding partners, we can make 2013 another record-breaking year for Boston’s summer jobs program.
I have always said that the status quo is moving backward. Just moving forward isn’t enough. We have to move ahead aggressively and relentlessly. This is the mindset of other leading cities across the world. This is what today’s competitive landscape demands, and we demand it of ourselves. Every day. In every corner of our city. In every sector of our economy. In every school in our city. In every budget we build. In everything we do. We pile progress on top of progress. And that job is never done.
Thank you and now let’s get back to work.