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Federal Budget Cuts a Concern for Cities

12/2/2010
Dale Goter, Government Relations Manager | DGoter@wichita.gov | (316) 371-0134

Wichita mayor, Council at National League of Cities conference

DENVER -- Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer led a discussion of federal budget cuts and their impact on the nation’s major cities during Thursday’s session of the Large Cities Council at the annual National League of Cities (NLC) 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition.

Mayor Brewer serves as chair of the Large Cities Council, which expressed concern about the ongoing federal budget debate.

“Members of the Large Cities Council sent a clear message that local and state governments need more flexibility in spending federal dollars on local problems,” Mayor Brewer said. “Federal programs affecting transportation, housing, education, homelessness and employment would all work better if local governments have greater control over spending.”

Mayor Brewer and fellow City Council members Jeff Longwell, Sue Schlapp, Paul Gray, Lavonta Williams and Janet Miller are participating in a variety of general session and workshop meetings during the Nov. 30-Dec. 4 conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. More than 4,000 elected officials and staff from across the nation are attending the conference.

The 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition includes daily general sessions featuring nationally-known experts on issues of importance to cities. More than 30 workshops will cover topics from urban blight and economic development.

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.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor Brewer and council members are available for telephone interviews during the remainder of the NLC Conference through Saturday night. To schedule interviews, contact Dale Goter, 316 371 0134 dgoter@wichita.gov
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