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Walsh to serve on national income inequality task force

Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh will serve as vice chairman of a national task force focused on addressing income inequality, the United States Conference of Mayors announced Sunday.

The yearlong Cities of Opportunity Task Force will be chaired by Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City. It will focus on how municipal government can craft policies that allow for greater equality and opportunity, the conference said in a news release.

“This is a national problem, but we feel the impact of income inequality particularly in Boston’s neighborhoods,” Walsh said in a statement.

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“Some areas have seen a development boom, significant drops in crime statistics, strong advances in our education system; and yet, we struggle with concentrations of real poverty and unemployment in other neighborhoods,” said Walsh, who was sworn in as mayor in January. “This inequality makes it difficult to sustain the strong workforce, active consumer base, and vibrant civic life that every city needs for lasting growth.”

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Walsh, de Blasio and other mayors are meeting in Dallas for the US Conference of Mayors’ annual gathering.

In August, the task force will meet in New York City to determine the scope and direction of its work. Its goal is to develop and share ideas about how best to use the tools of government — budget decisions, purchasing power, and procurement policies — to improve everything from housing to education.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.