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Hundreds of Mayors to Meet in Miami for Annual USCM Gathering of Mayors June 20 - 24
Senator Obama, Presumptive Democratic Nominee, to Address Nation’s Mayors June 20

June 16, 2008

On the cusp of the general Presidential Campaign Season, hundreds of mayors will gather in Miami June 20-23 for the 76th Annual Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) to weigh in on a number of policy issues that impact America’s metropolitan areas.

Led by Conference President Trenton Mayor Douglas H. Palmer and host Miami Mayor Manuel A. Diaz, mayors from cities large and small will discuss issues like rising energy costs, housing, safe, clean drinking water, transportation, street crime, public schools, gangs, health care quality and costs, secure airports and ports, illegal guns, drugs, drug dealers and immigration – all things that they face daily. Following their discussions, mayors will debate and vote on policy recommendations to forward to Congress and the new Administration.

With over 85 percent of the people in the U.S. living in our metropolitan areas, mayors clearly understand how urban/surburban issues impact everyday Americans. While some political observers have stated that the 2008 Presidential Campaign has not at this date included a broad discussion of these issues, mayors know that the voters’ concerns across the nation are aligned with their own.

Conference Executive Director and CEO Tom Cochran is pleased to announce that, for the first time, Presumptive Democratic Nominee Senator Barack Obama (IL) will address the mayors’ meeting. Other confirmed speakers include: Former President William Jefferson Clinton, Senator Bill Nelson (FL), Congressional Urban Caucus Chair Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA), Congressman Danny Davis (IL), Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, Toronto, Canada Mayor David Miller, FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery, Mortgage Bankers Association Chairman Kieran Quinn, National Association of Realtors President Elect Charles McMillan, NeighborWorks America Director Marietta Rodriguez, White House Interagency Council on Homelessness Philip Mangano and Miami Dade County Schools Superintendent Rudy Crew.

USCM is also proud to announce that this will be the “greenest” annual session to date. The hotel, evening events and some of the mayors’ transportation will all use energy efficient practices with the goal of reducing carbon emissions. Mayors are already leading on the issue of climate protection with more than 850 mayors agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their respective cities and pushing funding for an energy block grant in Congress to further their efforts.

For the first time, the USCM welcomes a title sponsor for the Annual Meeting. TCP, Inc. is the global leader in energy efficient lighting innovations dedicated to creating high-quality products that are brighter, longer lasting and better for the environment. Headquartered outside Cleveland (OH), the company manufactures nearly 1.4 million energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) every day, accounting for a majority of the CFLs sold in the U.S. and an annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of more than 118 million pounds.

On the final day of the meeting, Diaz will be inaugurated to be the 66th President of The U.S. Conference of Mayors. For the coming year, Diaz will be “America’s Mayor.” He will lead the mayors bipartisan national organization as its member mayors push both the Republican and Democratic nominees to support their bipartisan “10-Point Plan …Strong Cities …Strong Families for a Strong America,” which includes specific recommendations for the next President of the U.S.