In an interview with HuffPost Live at Davos, Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, argued why "cities are where hope meets the street."
"People need to put more energy into cities," Reed said.
While at Davos, Reed hopes to convince business leaders to work more closely with mayors around the United States.
Reed argued that mayors around the United States don't have a dismal approval rating like the U.S. Congress.
"That's because we actually get things done, we're much more accessible to people and we're more accountable," he said.
"Mayors do more things, and we can do them faster," Reed said. "And we know that there is an end to our service, that gives it a real sense of urgency."
Reed also said while at Davos, he's focusing on youth unemployment, "which is a global issue," and working on ways to improve things in his city.
"We can't have young people who can't get a job and who can't dream about becoming a part of the mainstream like you and I are," Reed told HuffPost Live's Roy Sekoff.
Watch Reed's interview above, and read more from Davos below: