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Friday, June 9, 2023   

To fight such pressing issues as housing shortages and increasing crime rates in cities across the country, many of the nation's mayors are taking the time to collaborate on ways to address problems and make their cities better.

From small towns to large urban areas, 185 mayors just attended the 91st U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Don Hardy, mayor of Kinston, said one recurring theme at the conference was how many cities are urgently working on making housing affordable and attainable.

"Communities across the country are struggling to build enough housing and meet the demand, contributing to a shortfall of, like, 1.5 million units nationwide," Hardy pointed out. "As a result of this housing shortage, families pay more for housing, and have less than savings. So, we've definitely got to advocate for attainable housing."

He pointed out the Conference of Mayors gathers insight from mayoral expertise and helps to inspire towns and cities by spreading the word about successful models. According to a recent survey by Politico, both big cities and small towns face similar challenges when it comes to recovering from COVID-era business shutdowns and remote schooling, along with spikes in crime, growing homelessness and inflation.

Hardy noted for him, the mayors' conference is about getting connected to resources and finding working strategies, especially when it comes to curbing an increase in violence.

"It means a lot to me to be able to take a look at what mayors have put in place, what models they have, and how I can use the models that they're using to fit us -- to fit Kinston -- in the best way we can," Hardy explained. "Just like the Mayor's Crime Intervention Task Force that I created, and we're in the beginning stages of putting that together."

Mayor Hardy added other areas he focused on at the conference included mental health, transportation, infrastructure and climate resiliency.


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