Cities Could See Boost as Former Fed Emanuel Takes Office

As one of the highest ranking federal officials to take on the role of city mayor, newly elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel could provide a boon to his city and others.
March 19, 2011, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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City boosters across the country are looking to Emanuel as a possible source of increased federal attention at the city level.

"Emanuel could be in a unique position to provide an influential voice for cities and help them navigate the ins and outs of the federal government. "He has a lot of inside experience ... in terms of how to get things done and who to talk to," St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says.

"I think that he will be a big advocate for cities [and] he'll be a tremendous resource for cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, working with us to fine tune and develop our agenda and message in Washington," Slay added."

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Published on Friday, March 11, 2011 in Governing
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