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Mayor Kasim Reed Leads Meeting of the National League of Cities Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force

Post Date:06/22/2017 5:21 PM

 Mayor’s Office of Communications
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Anne Torres, Director
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Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2017

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Leads Meeting of the National League of Cities Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force

Twenty-two Mayors and City Councilmembers share recommendations, next steps for city action

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today that Mayor Kasim Reed chaired a meeting of the National League of Cities (NLC) Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force in Miami, FL. Mayor Reed was appointed Chair of this Task Force by NLC President Matt Zone in November 2016. The task force is comprised of 22 leaders from across the country, and is charged with identifying recommendations for cities to address economic barriers which keep many families from sharing in our country’s prosperity.

“As a Mayor committed to ensuring social and economic equity for all Atlanta families, I believe the work of this task force is essential,” said Mayor Reed. “The City of Atlanta has been able to share insights and strategies that we have shown to promote inclusive communities. At the same time, we have learned from the challenges and successes of cities across the nation. As we finalize our recommendations for additional city action, I am particularly excited about the potential for public-private partnerships to revitalize neighborhoods, ensure housing affordability and promote equitable economic development.”

The NLC organized this task force in response to the growing national debate on income inequality and growing concerns among city leaders about economic mobility and opportunity within their cities. For today’s meeting, working groups shared their initial recommendations and held discussions around four issue areas: jobs, workforce development and wages; housing affordability; equitable economic development; and financial inclusion.

"Now more than ever, the economic well-being of our families is at risk, and we, as local officials, can be the key instruments of change and economic mobility," said NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember from Cleveland, OH. "Our task force aims to raise the visibility of this issue and bring the local perspective into the national dialogue."

The task force will release its final set of recommendations at the NLC national annual meeting in November.

Funding for the task force is provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Members of the Task Force include Mayor William V. Bell of Durham, NC; Councilmember Rick Callahan, of Dallas, TX; Councilmember Phyllis Cleveland, of Cleveland, OH; Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine, of Columbia, SC; Mayor Johnny L. DuPree, Ph.D. of Hattiesburg, MS; Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence, RI; Councilmember Karl Nurse of St. Petersburg, FL; Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell of Los Angeles, CA; Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte, NC; Councilmember Matt Schellenberg of Jacksonville, FL; Mayor Paul Soglin of Madison, WI; Councilor Kristin Szakos of Charlottesville, VA; Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester, NY;  and Councilmember P.C. Wu of Pensacola, FL.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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