When 160 Mayors Talk About the State of the City
The National League of Cities this week released their annual analysis of the "State of the City" addresses from 160 U.S. cities. This year the analysis finds mayor talking first and foremost about economic development, followed closely by infrastructure, and then budgets and management. Economic development has been the leading talking point of state of the city addresses for five consecutive years now.
An article by Nicole Flatlow provides additional commentary on the report's insight into the milieu of city governance. One theme that has emerged in prominence is the relationship of city governments to state and federal levels of government.