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SOURCE The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Mayors Release Economic Report During 82nd Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly all (356) of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas are expected to see real economic growth in 2014, unlike in 2013 when 97 metropolitan areas experienced declining economies, according to an economic report released today by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) at their 82nd Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., where more than 280 U.S. mayors are gathered to meet with Administration officials, Congressional leaders and top CEOs.
Done in conjunction with IHS Global Insight, the report also shows that nearly all (340) of the metros expect to see real Gross Metropolitan Growth of one percent or higher, compared to only 183 metros seeing the same growth in 2013.
"These numbers are welcome news and prove that our cities and metro areas are finally turning the corner and moving toward steady economic recovery," said USCM President Scott Smith, Mayor of Mesa (AZ). "Mayors have always known that as cities and their metro areas go, so goes the nation. The bipartisan budget agreement is an example that Congress can, in fact, work together for the good of hard-working Americans, and we need this spirit of cooperation to continue for the nation's metro areas to thrive."
Other key findings of the report include:
The National Economy
US Metro Economies
Gross Metro Product (GMP)
The Mayors' meeting, where the report was released, is slated to span three days with confirmed speakers as follows:
Wednesday, Jan 22: Commerce Secretary Pritzker, Energy Secretary Moniz (Q &A), Education Secretary Duncan (Q&A), HHS Secretary Sebelius (Q&A), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dir. Cordray (Q&A), U.S. Trade Rep. Froman (Q&A), Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Mora, Citi N.A. CEO William Mills, Philips Lighting President & CEO Bruno Biasiotta, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Columbus, OH Mayor Michael Coleman, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Bridgeport, CT Mayor Bill Finch, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown
Thursday, Jan 23: Labor Secretary Perez, HUD Secretary Donovan (Q&A), Transportation Secretary Foxx, Walmart USA CEO Bill Simon, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
Friday, Jan 24: Homeland Security Secretary Johnson, House Transportation Chair Shuster, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Tuscaloosa, AL Mayor Walter Maddox, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Laredo, TX Mayor Raul Salinas, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin, Lima, OH Mayor David Berger
All business sessions of the U.S. Conference of Mayors are OPEN to the press unless otherwise indicated (EVENING EVENTS ARE CLOSED). All press MUST register to attend the meeting at http://usmayors.org/82ndWinterMeeting/press_registration.asp. An AGENDA and list of PRE-REGISTERED MAYORS are available at www.usmayors.org. On-site registration will also be available with the proper press credentials at the Capital Hilton - 2nd Floor in the Pan American Room during the meeting.
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