WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christopher Hoene, Director of Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities (NLC), participated in a panel this morning during Governing Magazine's Outlook in the States and Localities Conference. Along with mayors from across the country, Hoene appeared on the "City Tales Plenary Panel: Local Perspectives" and provided context for how cities and towns are dealing with their financial challenges and how actions at the state and federal level will affect them.
Hoene conducts NLC's city finance research, including the organization's annual City Fiscal Conditions report. The October 2010 report found that 87 percent of city finance officers reported that their cities are worse-off financially in 2011 than in 2010. Financial pressures such as declining city revenues and the overall economy are forcing cities to lay off workers, delay or cancel infrastructure projects, modify health benefits and make cuts to public safety services.
For more information about the conference, visit http://www.governing.com/events/Outlook-States-Localities-Conf-2011.html.
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.
SOURCE National League of Cities