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Infrastructure Tops Mayors’ Priorities in 2023

The National League of Cities (NLC) released its 2023 State of the Cities report on July 21, 2023. The report surveyed mayors from across the United States to get their insights on the most pressing issues facing their cities.

The top priority for mayors in 2023 is infrastructure. This includes repairing and building roads, bridges, water systems, and other critical infrastructure. Mayors are also focused on making their infrastructure more climate resilient.

Other top priorities for mayors include budget and management, public safety, and economic development. Mayors are facing a number of challenges, including rising inflation, supply chain disruptions, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, they remain optimistic about the future of their cities.

The 2023 State of the Cities report shows that mayors are committed to making their cities better places to live, work, and raise a family. They are focused on investing in infrastructure, making their cities more resilient to climate change, and improving public safety. With their leadership, cities will continue to be engines of growth and prosperity for the United States.

Here are some additional details from the report:

  • The report found that 72% of mayors believe that infrastructure is a top priority for their city.
  • 63% of mayors said that they are optimistic about the near-term future of their city.
  • 57% of mayors said that they are facing challenges in recruiting and retaining employees.
  • 54% of mayors said that they are facing challenges in providing affordable housing.

The 2023 State of the Cities report is a valuable resource for understanding the challenges and priorities facing mayors across the United States. It is a reminder that cities are essential to the economic and social well-being of our nation.