A One-Two Punch

The region's municipalities were dealt a one-two punch by the recession: a declining tax base and a dramatic rise in demand for many government services by citizens impacted by job loss. Most local governments have responded by trimming other programs and services which had been deemed vital in good times, but a luxury when the belt-tightening began. At the same time, economic development has become even more critical to the region, both in luring new prospects and the jobs which are created and in maintaining relationships to keep employers from moving away. Three Carolina Mayors join guest Host Lauri Eberhart in this discussion: Mayor Anthony Foxx of Charlotte, Mayor Allen Joines of Winston-Salem, and Mayor Terence Roberts of Anderson.

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