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Mayors, Casey Foundation Partner to Build and Promote Working Families Agenda

MADISON, WI (June 17, 2002) — Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Casey Foundation announced an expansion of their partnership which began last January at the Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, known as "Cities Unite America: Partnership for Working Families." The partnership will continue to build national attention and support on the challenges facing working families in America today. The joint effort will catalyze cities to improve economic opportunities for working families across America. The extended partnership will:

  • Host an interactive discussion among mayors on the issues of working families with the goal of ensuring economic success;
  • Collect and disseminate mayoral best practices on working families issues; and
  • Develop a position paper on family economic success, including legislative and regulatory proposals;

"Mayors are delighted to expand our partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation," said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "Our joint efforts will help develop and promote the needs of America's working families and our best ideas for addressing them."

"We are delighted to partner with Mayor Menino and the Conference in efforts to help low-income working families succeed," said Douglas W. Nelson, President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "Our partnership will allow us to assess best programs and to devise strategies that link and coordinate our resources on behalf of these families."

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. The primary roles of the Conference of Mayors are to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy; strengthen federal-city relationships; ensure that federal policy meets urban needs; provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information. More information about the Conference is available at

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