National League of Cities Analyzes 2011 State of the City Addresses

Mar 07, 2011, 11:00 ET from National League of Cities

CitiesSpeak Blog Will Discuss Six Pertinent Themes

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of their annual project on State of the City addresses, the National League of Cities (NLC) analyzed 31 "State of the City" speeches.  Among these addresses, mayors reaffirmed city priorities, lauded strategies for growth, made promises for progress and outlined broader future goals.

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Throughout the next few weeks, an in-depth analysis on six common themes found throughout the addresses will be discussed on NLC's CitiesSpeak blog, www.citiesspeak.org.

The six themes include:

  • The Efficiency of Government – Responding to calls for budget cuts by forging local and intergovernmental partnerships.
  • Sustainability – Implementing sustainability initiatives to drive economic recovery while protecting the environment.
  • Infrastructure – Strengthening local infrastructure in order to attract businesses and pave the way for future investment.
  • Economic Development – Improving relationships with the business community and focusing on workforce and job training to jump-start the economy.
  • Regionalism – Working with near-by municipalities to create regional solutions and stronger communities.
  • Public Safety – Prioritizing public safety by either increasing efforts or making tough cuts and filling in gaps with new technology and neighborhood watch groups.

This analysis was conducted by staff from NLC's Center for Research and Innovation.

The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.  

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