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VOL. 129 | NO. 15 | Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mayors: Cities Experiencing Economic Growth

KEN THOMAS | Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's mayors say U.S. cities have largely rebounded since the economic downturn. They want Congress to work together to bring more stability to the financial markets.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors says it expects a boost in economic growth in most metropolitan areas in 2014. That's an improvement from last year, when about one-third of the nation's cities saw an economic decline.

Scott Smith, the mayor of Mesa, Ariz., and the group's president, says mayors are encouraged that Congress approved a budget agreement this month. He says it's important for lawmakers to work together to promote "confidence in our markets."

Nearly 300 mayors were discussing a number of issues affecting cities this week. The mayors plan to meet with President Barack Obama, congressional leaders and members of Obama's cabinet.

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PROPERTY SALES 79 146 10,368
MORTGAGES 95 202 13,529
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 43 2,687
BUILDING PERMITS 0 393 24,700
BANKRUPTCIES 62 122 10,014
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 37 3,773
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 99 248 14,805
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