2013 Local Economic Conditions Survey

Source: Christiana K. McFarland and J. Katie McConnell, National League of Cities, Research Brief on America’s Cities, April 2013

From the summary:
The National League of Cities annual Local Economic Conditions Survey of city officials gauges the performance of local economic indicators and drivers of local fiscal health. Findings from this year’s survey include:
– Tepid improvement in housing starts, commercial and residential property values, business activity and health of the retail sector;
– Persistent lack of growth in incomes and employment;
– Workforce skills not keeping pace with employer demand, as well as basic needs of the most vulnerable populations not being met; and
– Decrease in the number and scope of investment projects if a federal limitation is placed on the tax-exemption of municipal bonds.