75th Winter Meeting Preview
Palmer Pushed "Strong Cities, Strong Families, For a Strong America" Agenda
By Ed Somers
January 22, 2007
Over 800 participants, including more than 260 mayors, plus business leaders and top federal officials will convene in Washington, DC on January 24-26 for the 75th Winter Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Under the leadership of Conference President Trenton Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, the meeting will focus on the new Mayors 10-Point Plan: Strong Cities, Strong Families, For a Strong America. The plan, developed during a special leadership meeting on January 11-12, covers issues including energy/climate change, crime prevention, the Community Development Block Grant, affordable housing, public housing, infrastructure, workforce, children/youth, homeland security, and unfunded mandates.
The Conference invited President Bush, the top Democratic and Republican leaders from the House and the Senate, key committee chairs, 2008 presidential candidates, and other key officials to the Winter Meeting.
Confirmed so far are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA); Senators Chuck Hagel (NE), Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY) Joseph Biden (DE), Norm Coleman (MN), Chris Dodd (CT), Barbara Boxer (CA), and Robert Menendez (NJ); and Representatives Bennie Thompson (MS), James Oberstar (MN), Edward Markey (MA) and Robert "Bobby" Scott (VA).
Other invites are still pending including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY). President Bush will not be able to participate according to the White House.
Memorial Tribute - Michael A. Guido
During the opening plenary session on Wednesday at 10:30am, the Conference will hold a special memorial tribute to its beloved 64th President, Dearborn Mayor Michael A. Guido. Mayor Guido died while serving as President on December 5. The mayors will be joined by his wife Kari Guido.
President's Award - Mayor Franklin
During the Wednesday luncheon, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will be presented with The United States Conference of Mayors President's Award for National Mayoral Leadership in the Historic Acquisition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Personal Papers Collection.
Climate Change Session
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Carmel (IN) Mayor James Brainard will moderate a special plenary session on the U.S. Mayors Council on Climate Protection on Thursday morning. The session will focus on the leadership being provided by mayors across the nation to reduce global warming, and further steps that can be taken. Key congressional leaders working on climate protection will speak including Senator Boxer and Representative Markey.
Gala - National Building Museum
A special Winter Meeting Gala will be held on Wednesday evening at the magnificent National Building Museum. The Gala is open to all pre-registered meeting participants, and the attire is business. The Gala evening will begin at 6:30pm with a special reception hosted by Mayor Palmer in honor of new mayors. Then, at 7:30pm there will be a dinner honoring new leadership in Congress, hosted by Conference Vice President Miami Mayor Manuel A. Diaz and Mayor Palmer.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will update the mayors on draft recommendations emerging from the Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force. Mayor Villaraigosa is also the host for the 75th Annual Conference of Mayors to be held in Los Angeles on June 22-26, 2007.
State of the Union Reception
In that the State of the Union Address will be held on Tuesday, January 22, the Conference will host a reception at the Capital Hilton Hotel at 8:30pm. The reception is open to all pre-registered meeting participants and will provide an opportunity to watch the Address together.
In addition to the President's award, a number of other important award presentations will be made including the:
USCM Excellence in Public/Private Partnership Awards
2006 Municipal Water Conservation Achievement Awards
Many important standing committee, task force, workshop and other special meetings will be held over the course of the three days. Included will be meetings of the Women Mayors, Republican Mayors and Local Officials, and National Conference of Democratic Mayors.
Mayors who have not yet registered and wish to do so should contact Carol Edwards with the Conference staff at (202) 293-7330.