Anthony Williams Restoring Cities27 Jun 2017, by
Anthony Williams, former Mayor of Washington DC was invited by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) to talk about his experiences as mayor and his subsequent experiences as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Federal City Council. In his talk with city officials, local experts, businessman and diplomats, he highlighted that cities should be seen as engines of growth, the locomotives pulling the economy along, which need to grow at much higher rates than the rest of the country. He also spoke about the importance of finding a politically defensible way of bringing the private sector in to finance public assets. Williams mentioned that as long as immigrants are law-abiding, pay their taxes and contribute to the growth of the country they should be welcomed.