Mesa Mayor Scott Smith participated in a forum Thursday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the impact of the recession on local governments. The forum, called Fiscal Challenges Facing Cities: Implications for Economic Recovery, covered creative approaches some communities have taken during the downturn.
It was sponsored by the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program and the National League of Cities. An archive webcast and other information can be found at www.nlctv.org.
The session was moderated by Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel and included the mayors of Philadelphia, San Jose, Calif., and Bowling Green, Ky.