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Cities are refocusing economic development efforts

June 21, 2018View for printing

Economic development was the most prevalent policy issue across mayoral speeches in 2018, according to State of the Cities 2018 from the National League of Cities (NLC).

This is the fifth straight year that economic development issues were are the forefront of mayoral speeches with NLC reporting 58 percent of state of cities speeches including "significant coverage of economic development issues." However, this year marked a shift from mayors focusing their speeches on job creation and business attraction strategies in previous years to primarily focusing on driving downtown development, supporting innovation, and enhancing local art scenes. For those mayors that did discuss job creation, the speeches focused primarily on developing more inclusive strategies that create equitable access to economic opportunities for all members of their respective communities. ... b-212414005
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