David W. Burns

About David W. Burns

David is the Director of Technology and Innovation at the Conference where he directs the organization's programs and policy in the area of technology, innovation, science, and smart cities.

Conference of Mayors Concludes Final Full Day of the 89th Winter Meeting

The final full day of the United States Conference of Mayors' 89th Winter Meeting, led by Conference President Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, brought mayors together with some of the biggest names in American politics to discuss the biggest challenges facing the country. Mayors were especially honored to welcome President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to the

The Conference of Mayors Concludes Day Two of 89th Winter Meeting

Mayors Meet with Key Biden Administration Officials, Speaker Pelosi, Dr. Fauci, and other public and private sector leaders to discuss on COVID-19 recovery, vaccine distribution, reducing gun violence and other pressing priorities   On the second day of the United States Conference of Mayors’ 89th Winter Meeting, hundreds of mayors gathered virtually with key members

The Conference of Mayors Wraps Day 1 of 89th Winter Meeting

On the first day of the United States Conference of Mayors' 89th Winter Meeting, hundreds of mayors gathered virtually to discuss some of the most pressing challenges facing cities – and our nation – today. They engaged in conversation with Biden administration officials, heard from business leaders, and they exchanged ideas and solutions with each

U.S. Metro Economies 2020 GMP and Unemployment Forecast

Download Report Download Tables Key Findings: 2020 GMP and Unemployment Forecast GMP (Gross Metro Product) The sum of real metro GMP will fall by 8.8% in 2020, equating to a $1.45 trillion drop in metro economic output, or a loss of $14,700 per metro household. Losses in GMP will be

By |2020-07-22T13:11:25-04:00July 22, 2020|Reports, U.S. Metro Economies|

Supporting Community Development and Affordable Housing During COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has devastated communities across the country, crippling small businesses and threatening American’s ability to afford to remain in their homes. On Friday, June 26th, the Committee on Community Development and Housing, led by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms debated and approved nine resolutions designed to help rebuild

Mayors Seizing this Moment to Address Police Reform and Racial Equity Gaps

On Thursday, the Criminal and Social Justice Standing Committee convened during the United States Conference of Mayors' 88th Annual Meeting to address a number of timely issues including the national call for police reform, closing the equity gaps around race, support for safer, more accessible elections, and the need for

Addressing America’s Public Health Disparities, During and Beyond COVID-19

After a busy week of virtual sessions during the United States Conference of Mayors 88th Annual Meeting, the Children, Health, and Human Services Committee kicked off Friday to discuss critical public health challenges amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Chaired by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, the committee debated several resolutions that

Stayed Transportation Investment, Closing the Digital Divide Critical Amid COVID-19 Crisis

In its fourth day of virtual sessions during the United States Conference of Mayors' 88th Annual Meeting, the Transportation and Communications Committee convened Thursday to discuss critical infrastructure issues facing American cities, especially those challenges related to COVID-19. The panel, chaired by Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, debated several resolutions that

Mayors Address Environmental Protection Policies at Virtual Annual Meeting  

Tuesday, at the United States Conference of Mayors’ 88th Annual Meeting, the Committee on the Environment met to consider a series of resolutions designed to protect our environment and advance sound policies that create jobs and programs to help make our cities greener. The Committee on the Environment advanced resolutions to

By |2020-06-25T10:57:31-04:00June 24, 2020|88th Annual Meeting (2020), Environment, Updates|

Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Our Cities’ Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on all of our nation’s cities, causing major budget shortfalls that have forced mayors to cut programs and services and furlough employees. While virtually all city services and programs have been impacted by this budget crisis, initiatives supporting the arts, promoting tourism,

Committee on Jobs, Education and the Workforce Approve Policies to Create Jobs and Expand the Workforce

Providing access to education, developing our nation’s workforce, and creating jobs are among some of the most important priorities for America’s mayors. The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the need for well-positioned city residents to contribute to our nation’s economy and mayors have created a clear path forward, advancing policy

International Affairs Committee Kicks Off First-Ever Virtual Annual Meeting

Today, the United States Conference Mayors kicked off it's first-ever virtual Annual Meeting. A primary element of the Annual Meeting is always the debate and consideration of resolutions that set official policy for the organization for the following year. These policy positions help guide advocacy efforts and allow mayors to

The Economy and Cities: What America’s Leaders Are Seeing

About This Survey The National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors put together a survey of cities, towns, and villages to create a snapshot of the economic conditions of cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the results of the survey. Download PDF

By |2020-04-14T17:34:04-04:00April 14, 2020|Reports|

In Bipartisan Letter, Mayors Support House Leaders’ Infrastructure Framework

WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), led by President Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills, MI, pledged support for a House leaders’ infrastructure framework and offered assistance to help move the legislation forward this year. One week ago, three key House committee chairs released a comprehensive package of infrastructure investments and reforms,

Over 250 Mayors Demand Action on Gun Violence

Last week, in the wake of the horrific attacks in El Paso and Dayton, more than 250 mayors – Republican and Democratic, from cities large and small, rural, urban and suburban – joined their colleagues in a letter urging immediate Senate action to address gun violence. The United State Conference of Mayors (USCM) has long

Mayors and Youth Leaders Gather in Los Angeles for First-Ever Summit

Tomorrow, mayors from across the country accompanied by young leaders from their communities will convene in Los Angeles for the first-ever Mayors National Youth Summit. Now more than ever, our current political and social climate make it clear that decisions made today will have serious implications on the next generation as they take up the

By |2019-07-25T19:02:07-04:00July 25, 2019|Updates, Youth Involvement|

Resolutions Preview: Mayors Consider Issues Related to Trade and Immigration

Across the country, mayors tackle the greatest challenges facing our nation every day. At the United States Conference of Mayors’ 87th Annual Meeting this week in Honolulu, they’ll meet to discuss those challenges, including trade and the continued crisis at the border. Mayors will debate key resolutions related to our country’s relationships with our neighbors,

Resolutions Preview: Mayors Support a Healthier Future for All Americans

Every year at the United States Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting, mayors from across the country come together to discuss resolutions that the nation's mayors believe will help guide our progress over the coming year. We focus on a wide variety of topics and over the next two weeks leading up to our meeting, we

Resolved: Mayors to Speak Out on the Big Issues of the Day

The United States Conference of Mayors will soon gather for its Annual Meeting next week. Every summer, mayors from cities large and small come together to talk about their approaches to some of the most important challenges facing communities across the country. It’s an opportunity to share ideas and propose solutions, but also to help

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