Thompson, Martinez, Morial Address Mayors
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Today, mayors talked to members of the business community about the importance of public-private partnerships -- how working together mayors and the business community can help create more jobs and stimulate the economy.
HHS Secretary Thompson
Former New Orleans Mayor Marc H. Morial reflects on his time as Conference president.
HUD Secretary Martinez
Sugar Land Mayor David G. Wallace
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
In one example of an effective public-private partnership, Cities United for Science Progress, a partnership of the Conference and DuPont, awarded $500,000 in lead safety grants to Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Trenton.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who chairs the Council for Investment in the New American City, released a new study on metropolitan areas economies. In 2001, metro economies accounted for a whopping 98 percent of job growth and 86 percent of economic growth. Madison ranks as one of the nation's top 100 metro economies.
According to Boston Mayor and Conference President Thomas Menino, "This report shows that cities lead the U.S. economy. As cities go, so goes our nation."
Mayor Menino also announced an important new initiative, formation of a national education leadership initiative in conjunction with the Broad Foundation. Together, the Conference and the Broad Foundation will host forums around the country with mayors and other education leaders to provide technical assistance and share best practices in education reform.
The nation's mayors were also pleased to hear from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson. Welfare reform is an important issue for mayors, who are worried that too many people coming off of welfare cannot afford housing and health care costs.
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin addressed the Conference on the importance of travel and tourism to city economies.
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Mel Martinez provided mayors with more information on the President's announcement today of a new effort to increase homeownership among minorities.
Mayors Richard M. Daley of Chicago, Illinois, and David G. Wallace of Sugar Land, Texas were both awarded top honors in the 2002 City Livability Awards Program, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management, Inc.
Many of the Conference's policy committees met to put together the substance of the working families agenda. As Mayor Menino described it, "This is the meat and potatoes of our meeting."
Policy resolutions will be considered by all mayors on Monday morning.