(KCPW News) Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined 15 other mayors to meet with President-elect Barack Obama in Chicago on Thursday. He feels Obama's new office of Urban Policy will open lines of communication between local and federal governments.
"This is an administration that gets it. They come from a background of government at the local level, they understand that we are there provided services and facilities directly to our constituents, and if we are going to be successful in this country, particularly in these difficult financial times, we are all going to need to work together," Becker said.
Becker says the mayors, along the head of Obama's new department, focused on transportation, water issues, and the economic downturn. He feels the new administration has the same goals of developing transit and creating energy efficient jobs that Salt Lake City does.
"This meeting wasn't about each city coming in and lobbying for its projects, it was more talking about how we make all of this work well for both the community, Salt Lake City included obviously, cause we have been very specific with our requests, but also more broadly, in terms of achieving the direction of the administration, which is completely in sync with what we want to do in Salt Lake City, so we feel very well positioned," Becker said.
Becker says the meeting was very direct and straightforward, and created a dialogue that will be needed during the economic crisis.