"Today, I stand before you proud and grateful that you, the people of St. Louis, have chosen me as your mayor. I will never let you down."
"The governor believes, as I do, that the St. Louis region is one of two economic gateways for Missouri, and that our city of St. Louis is this region's crown jewel."
"There is nothing more important than improving public education - and all of us - not just the School Board, not just the mayor - have a responsibility to join in that effort. So during the first six months of my administration, anyone who comes to ask me for something had better be prepared to tell me what they are going to do to help the kids in our public schools. The responsibility for ensuring that each of our children is well-educated falls on each and every one of us."
"For too long, the city's good businesses have gone unappreciated. We need to attract new businesses, but we also need to appreciate the businesses that already call our city home."
"We need businesses to help us encourage experienced workers to 'come back to St. Louis!' I'm going to say that again - 'Come back to St. Louis!' ... I wanted all of you to notice that I said it and I said it here today. And it will not be the last time I'll say it. Call it, instead, the first theme of the first day of the Slay administration. To all of you who hear my voice, who may read these remarks: Come back to St. Louis!"
"For those of you who may be tired of the commute from Highland or Florissant, O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Clayton or Town and Country - come back home! We want you here in our city. Why should you? Because St. Louis is going to be a great city again, and I want all of you to be part of our revival. I need all of you to be part of our revival."
"As a city, we must celebrate and embrace our cultural and ethnic diversity so that diversity becomes a way of life. Not some kind of program. Not something we're forced to do. Not something to fight every step of the way."
"I am intent on building a team that reflects our city's diversity. I'm seeking the most talented, energetic, dedicated people we can find. People from all walks of life, of all ages, who not only 'know their stuff' but who also truly reflect, represent and enhance the rich diversity that is St. Louis."