Washington, DC—Below is a statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), on the 300th Anniversary of the City of New Orleans:

“Today, I’m proud to congratulate New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and incoming mayor LaToya Cantrell on the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans.  As one of the nation’s most culturally diverse cities, New Orleans has long been a vibrant urban center with its singular blend of music, cuisine, and architecture. The United States Conference of Mayors has shared a rich and powerful history with New Orleans as the city was one of the organization’s founding members in 1932.  More presidents of the organization have come from the great city of New Orleans than any another city in the country.

“I am happy to be joined in New Orleans this weekend by USCM incoming president, Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, SC, as we honor the city and its rich cultural heritage on this extraordinary milestone.”

Note to reporters and producers: On Friday, April 20, Mayor Landrieu, the 2018 NOLA Commission and Axios will host The Future of Global Cities: A Summit of International Mayors as part of the 300th Anniversary celebration. For more information, click here.