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David Eichenthal, a Director in PFM’s Management and Budget Consulting practice, was an invited participant in a roundtable at the White House on March 15 to discuss creating greater efficiency in the delivery of services in the many communities facing budget crunches. Mr. Eichenthal joined President Barack Obama, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Mayors from New Orleans, Detroit, Memphis, Fresno, St. Paul and Chester PA at the White House Convening on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2).
At the convening, President Obama announced the creation of a new White House Council on Strong Cities and Strong Communities and proclaimed the effort a “top priority” for the Administration. David Eichenthal participated in a roundtable titled “Working Toward Solutions: Creating Greater Efficiency and Innovative Service Delivery.”
Prior to joining PFM full-time last year, Mr. Eichenthal was a lead consultant in the White House’s pilot effort to create the SC2 initiative, a unique partnership between the federal government and local governments in seven U.S. cities. Under the initiative, federal community solution teams are now working with local governments to address a range of challenges facing these cities – including public safety, community development, operational efficiency and economic development.
“I am honored to be a part of this important undertaking to assist state and municipal governments all over the nation as they struggle to provide services to their taxpayers in this difficult economic environment,” Mr. Eichenthal stated. “I look forward to ongoing efforts with my colleagues at PFM to help our clients achieve these goals.”
PFM’s Management and Budget Consulting practice has worked on budget and operations issues for SC2 city New Orleans since 2007 and earlier this week, SC2 city Youngstown, Ohio announced that PFM will be working with the City to improve its operations and increase efficiency.
The President’s announcement can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/15/obama-administration-establishes-white-house-council-strong-cities-stron