Our intentional focus on the Three I’s – Infrastructure, Innovation and Inclusion – is fundamental to the advancement of every city in America. The pages that follow provide substantive background on each of our 12 priorities, along with specific action steps for each.
The 2020 Election must be about solidifying the partnership between the federal government and America’s communities to better serve the American people. Sitting on the sidelines is not an option. The federal government must be an engaged, active, and collaborative partner. People need to hear how all candidates are going to address the future, embrace change and work together to address our common challenges from Maine to California.
Yet, in the midst of challenges and opportunities, our partnership with the federal government is threatened by dysfunction in Washington that must be addressed.
In particular, Washington has ignored the national affordable housing crisis, has inadequately addressed immigration reform, and has underfunded programs for distressed neighborhoods. It has also failed to address climate change, has not developed a comprehensive approach to public safety, and has struggled to find the ways and means to fund our federal government responsibly.
America needs a federal government that works with its cities and metro areas today on an agenda for the American people – an agenda that is needed for future generations.
In fact, The U.S. Conference of Mayors was founded on a strong partnership and common agenda with the federal government. Throughout its history, our collaborative efforts have helped to deliver cities from the Great Depression and recessions, have contributed significantly to building America’s infrastructure and have been key to social and economic development initiatives that have stimulated job creation and incentivize long-term investments in our neighborhoods. In each of these cases, cities have magnified federal efforts in creative, innovative and sustainable ways and we vow to continue to do so with the federal government’s support and partnership.
We’re starting the conversation by offering our strategic platform, the Mayors’ 2020 Vision for America: A Call to Action. While it is comprehensive, we welcome all presidential and congressional candidates to outline their vision for strengthening our nation’s cities and metro areas with a platform that allows all residents to thrive.
We look forward to a positive and productive partnership with those elected in 2020 as we work together to move America’s cities and our nation forward.
Sources for Economic and Demographic Data: U.S. Metro Economies, GMP and Employment 2019-2020; HIS 88 Markit; USCM