Obama to meet with mayors at economic forum

President Obama will meet with mayors from across the country at an economic forum on Friday, the White House announced.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president would discuss ways in which the administration could help the mayors improve job opportunities in their cities.

"This meeting builds on the unprecedented effort of the administration to partner with mayors working to implement policies that lead to high-paying, high-skilled jobs in their communities," Carney said. "Mayors understand that smart investments in things like American manufacturing and infrastructure help provide good jobs for middle-class families while providing a foundation for long-term economic success."

The forum comes on the heels of the president's speech last week about income inequality.

In remarks from a community center in the poorest part of Washington, D.C., Obama called rising income inequality a “fundamental threat” to the nation.

"The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe," the president said.

The event will also come on the heels of an expected vote Thursday on a bipartisan budget deal that would lock in federal spending through the 2014 fiscal year.

The president has hailed that agreement as "a good first step" toward improving the economy.

Mayors or mayors-elect will attend from Los Angeles; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Boston; Detroit; Minneapolis; Jersey City, N.J.; New York City; Rochester, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Cincinnati; Toledo, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pa.; Pittsburgh; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Seattle.