Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has been named 70th president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Nutter assumed the post Saturday at the organization's annual meeting in Orlando and gave his inaugural address entitled “Moving America's Cities Forward.”
Nutter said cities now have less money and fewer people to provide services, and he called that “our new normal in America.”
He cited innovative efforts by cities across the country to address the challenges, including Philadelphia rethinking how it uses water.
And he cited the “Cities United” effort to combat urban violence that he said “is wiping out a generation of young, African-American men.
But Nutter said cities are the “future of America” as centers of new ideas, hubs of culture and art, and places “where people want to live and work.”
Fan, follow and download: Get the latest from NBCPhiladelphia.com anytime, anywhere. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and NBC Philadelphia. Sign up for our sports newsletter. And, get breaking news delivered right to your mobile phone -- just text PHIBREAKING to 639710 to sign up. (Message and data rates may apply.)