- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has set out an ambitious agenda for his final year in office.

Riley has served as mayor longer than anyone in Charleston’s almost 350-year history. Local media outlets report that he received a standing ovation Tuesday evening following his last State of the City address.

The mayor told those in City Hall and a local television audience that finishing the city’s new performing arts center is one of his top priorities. The $142 million Gaillard Center project is the most expensive municipal project in city history.

Riley said moving the planned International African America Museum forward is another priority.

The mayor retires at the end of the year following 40 years in office.

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