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What are mayors talking about? NLC explores top trending topics

June 06, 2019

The National League of Cities (NLC) recently released its sixth State of the Cities report, an analysis of the year’s state of the city speeches. It identifies and examines the top 10 issues that mayors are discussing and provides analyses on regional and subtopic trends.

While some topics such as mental health and opioids increased in importance in the addresses, economic development and infrastructure continue to hold their first and second places, respectively. Of the 74 percent of speeches mentioning economic development, the subtopic downtown development received the most attention.

cities, economic development