Cities’ Jobs Response: We Need Congress to Invest in People, Cities and Growth

April 6, 2012
The following statement is from Ted Ellis, Mayor of Bluffton, Indiana and President of the National League of Cities (NLC) in response to the March 2012 jobs numbers:

"This morning's employment numbers show that we must remain vigilant in looking for ways to encourage economic growth. Now more than ever we need leadership focused on investing in people, cities, and growth. Across the country, city leaders have been leading their own growth agendas by examining ways to encourage economic development in their communities. 

"But it is now Congress's turn to take action. It's not time to sit back and watch. It's time to make investments - like infrastructure - that will employ people now and will make the nation economically competitive for decades to come. 

"We need Congress to listen to their constituents during this congressional recess period and hear what city leaders hear every day: That the nation needs Congress to put aside its differences and work to create an environment where businesses can thrive and our residents can find good jobs. That's what our communities and our families need from Washington right now." 

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.