National League of Cities to President Trump: Repair our cities and infrastructure


Following President Trump’s first State of the Union address to Congress, National League of Cities (NLC) President Mark Stodola, mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, released the following statement:

“In his first State of the Union address, President Trump spoke to the need for real solutions to significant challenges facing the nation, including immigration, the opioid epidemic, and the infrastructure deficit. City leaders agree with the president that Congress must come to together to create a bill that repairs our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and makes sorely-needed investments to rebuild America so that we can compete in the global economy.

“City leaders are unable to ignore our nation’s aging infrastructure. Every day, we’re forced to make emergency repairs and often have to raise additional funds where we’re able. We are already leveraging every dollar available, and we need our federal partners to pay their share. That’s how we will build for 2050, instead of simply fixing 1950.

“As cities work to address the aging physical infrastructure needs in communities across America, we must simultaneously invest in the human capital that makes these projects possible. We urge federal investment in programs that ensure a diverse and skilled workforce and prepare people for the jobs of the future.”

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.