In a speech that went around the world, Katz kept returning to Spokane and its ability to shape its future. "The main message is, 'It's up to you,'" he said. "The cavalry's not coming. It's really not coming. … The power is here. The future is here."
"In today’s challenging fiscal, political, and economic environment, mayors can play a series of roles to advance the potential of their cities to grow quality jobs, create new economic opportunities for disadvantaged citizens, and generate much needed fiscal revenues."
"Washington has left the building. You’re going to have to leverage your own assets. You’re going to have to unlock your own capital. You cannot rely on anyone anymore at, quote-unquote, higher levels of government."