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About the United States Conference of Mayors

The United States Conference of Mayors was established in 1932 as the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are more than 1,200 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official — the Mayor.

The Mayors of these cities rely on The U.S. Conference of Mayors to help meet the challenges and fulfill the potential of urban America and to inform Congress and the Administration of the top priorities of cities.

The primary roles of The U.S. 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.

The Conference holds its Winter Meeting each January in Washington, D.C. and an Annual Meeting each June in a different U.S. city. Additional meetings and events are held as directed by Conference leadership.

During the Annual Meeting, members elect a President, Vice President, and Advisory Board Chair, who serve one-year terms. The President of the Conference of Mayors is the national spokesman for the Mayors.

Conference members — Mayors — speak with a united voice on matters pertaining to organizational policies and goals. Individually, each member mayor contributes to the development of national urban policy by serving on one or more of the organization’s 12 Standing Committees.

In addition to the ongoing work of the Conference’s Standing Committees, Mayors are organized into task forces to examine and act on issues that demand special attention — homeland security, aviation security, hunger and homelessness, and brownfields, among others. Through these task forces, the Conference of Mayors historically has assumed a national leadership position in calling early attention to serious urban problems and in pressing for solutions to them.

See also: USCM Leadership


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