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73rd Winter Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors - Washington, DC - January 17-19
Mayors and Business Leaders to Discuss Tax and Budget Cuts, Metro Investment

By Ed Somers
January 10, 2005


Updated Agenda on USMAYORS.ORG
The latest draft agenda for the 73rd Winter Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors is available at usmayors.org, and will be continually updated. The agenda contains detailed information regarding plenary sessions, committee meetings, task force meetings, workshops, and social events.
On the eve of the presidential inauguration, over 1,000 leaders, including 250 mayors, plus business leaders and top federal officials will convene in Washington, DC on January 17-19 for the 73rd Winter Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Under the leadership of Conference President Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, the meeting will focus on key issues related to the 109th Congress and 2nd term Bush Administration. A major topic for discussion during plenary and committee sessions will be proposed budget cuts for FY 2006, and major tax changes that could affect cities and metro economies. Mayors will be discussing these issues with private sector leaders, building off a recent investment summit, and working towards forming a public-private coalition focused on the need to maintain investment in metro economies.

Other key issues that will be discussed include homeland security, TEA-21 reauthorization, telecommunications act reauthorization, affordable housing investment, energy conservation, drug control, public health, environmental protection, and education and workforce development.

Top Speakers

Many important speakers have been already confirmed including Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue, Sen. George Voinovich (OH), Rep. Mike Turner (OH), U.S. "Drug Czar" John Walters, Amtrak President David Gunn and many others.

Invites are still pending with other key officials including President Bush, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Senator Norm Coleman (MN) and others.

Honoring Dr. King

On Monday, January 17 there will be a special luncheon honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The featured speaker at the luncheon will be Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League.

Best Practices

The meeting will provide an opportunity to mayors to share best practices with each other and the nation on what is working in America's cities. Conference Vice President Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill will lead a special session on Monday focused on new best practices, and there will be other discussions in committees, task forces and workshops. Awards

A number of important award presentations will be made including the:

  • USCM Excellence in Public/Private Partnership Awards will be presented on Wednesday morning during the business council breakfast.
  • Public Leadership in the Arts Awards will be presented during a special luncheon on Tuesday to Mayors John Robert Smith of Meridian (MS) and Richard M. Daley of Chicago, Governor Michael Huckabee (AR), and artist and activist Peter Yarrow.
  • Cities United for Science Progress (CUSP) awards will be presented on Wednesday morning during the plenary session.

Meetings

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.