State of the Cities 2018

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Each year, mayors across the nation detail their vision for their city’s future in a seminal address—their state of the city speech. These speeches have taken on new significance as mayors emerge as focal points in the intergovernmental context. While many state and federal partners are mired in political gridlock or actively disinvesting in cities, mayors consistently demonstrate the capacity and willingness to solve complex problems that are shaped by local realities and have broad national implications.

Given the current environment, how do mayors perceive their role? Which issues are most important now, compared to the past? How are city leaders preparing to meet their goals?

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