Monday April 27th and Tuesday April 28th

CONFERENCE LOCATION: 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Metcalf Ballroom, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215


One of the greatest modern threats facing cities lies on the balance sheet, leaving many wondering: how will we pay for cities in the future?

Fiscal Leadership and the Modern City, the third city leadership summit hosted by the Initiative on Cities at Boston University, will examine the ways in which communities are tackling contemporary financial constraints with 21st century financial tools.

This two day summit will bring together current and former mayors, chief financial officers, city and town managers, financial professionals and scholars to evaluate sound fiscal leadership strategies and modern financial innovations that are contributing to prosperous communities. VIEW SPEAKERS.

Cities are centers of growth and dynamism for regions and nations. To thrive, they must invest, while carefully balancing today’s needs with tomorrow’s obligations. But in an era of diminished federal and state resources, pitched battles over regional funding, rising labor costs, and aversion to tax increases, municipal budgets are being stretched to the breaking point. In spite of the hurdles, cities and towns must balance their budgets while keeping the streets clean and safe, investing in roads, bridges and buildings, and supporting critical social services.

What are the greatest fiscal threats facing cities, and where are the opportunities? How can they use resources more efficiently? And what methods are they using to identify new revenue streams, balance budgets and finance growth?  Can cities be expected to finance themselves?

This conference is being hosted by Boston University’s Initiative on Cities.

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