The theme of the 2022 State of the City was “Diamond in the Rough” because “the past year has been ‘rough’ for many cities, but our ‘diamond’ of a community has shined thanks to our many important facets…,” said Burrough. The report provides an overview of 2022 City projects and achievements, such as notable declines in crime statistics due to the Police Department’s Crime Reduction Strategy, completion of Phase 1 of the Malvern Avenue Gateway Corridor Project and continuing progress on the Lake Ouachita Water Supply Project. It also examines Hot Springs’ economy, leading off with the area’s sales tax returns having continued their record-setting pace in 2022. In looking ahead to 2023, the Board’s five main goals for the year are addressed. There is also an addendum with additional City projects and accomplishments from 2022.