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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, December 17, 2013:
Harrisburg Mayor-elect Eric Papenfuse was among about a dozen newly elected city officials from across the country who met with President Barack Obama last week at the White House. The president sees helping cities meet their unique challenges as a strategy toward closing the economic disparity gap.
Papenfuse appears on Tuesday's Smart Talk to discuss what he learned in Washington and if the gathering will pay off for Harrisburg in any way.
When Papenfuse is sworn in next month, he will have to confront several major issues, including the city's fragile finances.
A recovery plan is being implemented to eliminate the city's debts which reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Most of the debt will go away when the city sells the trash-burning incinerator to the Lancaster Solid Waste Management Authority. Parking facilities are also being leased.
While finances have gotten much of the attention, reducing crime will be another hurdle. The city's 15th homicide of the year occurred last weekend and is under investigation.
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