Your Mayor Approves of the President's Promise to Get You a Job
Mayors across America see many positive signs for their cities and constituents in President Obama's recent State of the Union Address. The U.S. Conference of Mayors believes that the address could spell better days for the nation's beleaguered cities.
"The nation's mayors are pleased that President Obama spoke about unity and bipartisanship as we move forward to solve the challenges facing America and address this country's deteriorating infrastructure," stated Conference President, Burnsville, Minn. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz.
"For years, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has pushed infrastructure modernization as a means of job creation and economic development," Kautz continued. "A multi-modal transportation system is critical to effectively moving the nation's goods and services and people -- 85% of whom live, work and travel in metropolitan areas."
Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York, has this to say about the address: "This was a powerful speech that rightly called for a new spirit of civility and cooperation in our public discourse. President Obama called on both parties to come together to address the most important issues facing our nation, including fixing our public schools, our broken immigration system, and our antiquated infrastructure."
Last week, the mayors of the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting, where they met with President Obama and again shared the need to focus on jobs. Statistics show that one-third of the nation's 363 metro areas will still have an unemployment rate higher than 10 percent at the end of 2011.
"We know that the nation's recovery will be driven by the economic engines of the metropolitan areas, and without job growth in the metropolitan areas, there can be no sustained national recovery," says Kautz.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today.