Sara Durr

About Sara Durr

Sara Durr is our Director of Communications at the Conference. She can be contacted by phone at 202-215-1811 or via email at sdurr@usmayors.org.

American Mayors Welcome Final Rule to Strengthen Background Checks, Make Cities Safer

Washington, D.C.— Today, the Biden Administration released final regulations to expand background checks for the purchase of a firearm, as provided for in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. America’s mayors have called for closing the loopholes in the background check system, and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter to Attorney

By |2024-04-11T15:48:34-04:00April 11, 2024|News, Press Room|

With a Lifeline at Risk, Mayors Urge Congress to Renew Critical High-Speed Internet Program

Affordable Connectivity Program Supported Digital Access for 23 Million Americans Washington, D.C.— With the expiration of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), quality and affordable high-speed internet access for millions of people in American cities hangs in the balance, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) is urging Congress to act quickly to renew the

By |2024-04-09T11:46:54-04:00April 9, 2024|News, Press Room|

MD Ally Named Winner of Mayors’ Matchup Civic Tech Pitch Competition at SXSW

National Competition Showcases Cutting-Edge Technologies Addressing Some of the Greatest Challenges Facing Cities Austin, TX – Today, MD Ally was announced as the winner of the Mayors’ Matchup Civic Tech Pitch Competition at South by Southwest (SXSW). Each year at SXSW, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) helps organize a competition with entrepreneurs and

By |2024-03-10T16:49:50-04:00March 10, 2024|News, Press Room|

Statement by The U.S. Conference of Mayors on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C.— Tonight, President Joe Biden delivered his third State of the Union address. Earlier this week in advance of the speech, American mayors released a new video highlighting the strength of the nation’s cities and the importance of a strong local-federal partnership. Following the address, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Reno (NV)

By |2024-03-07T22:52:32-05:00March 7, 2024|News, Press Room|

Mayors at South by Southwest

USCM to Return to Austin for Civic I/O Mayors’ Summit, Sessions on Affordability in American Cities and Preserving Civil Discourse Washington, DC – Mayors will be in Austin, Texas this week for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, where the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) will co-host the Civic I/O Mayors’ Summit

By |2024-03-06T12:39:42-05:00March 6, 2024|News, Press Room|

In New Video Ahead of State of the Union, Mayors Highlight Strength of America’s Cities and Promote Local-Federal Partnership

“The State of the Union is only as strong as our cities, and the people who call them home.” Washington, D.C.— In advance of President Biden’s State of the Union address this week, the U.S Conference of Mayors released a new video highlighting American cities’ continued recovery and how local-federal partnerships are helping mayors make

By |2024-03-05T11:45:53-05:00March 5, 2024|News, Press Room|

No Shutdown: America’s Mayors Warn of Consequences to Cities if Congress Fails to Fund the Government

Washington, D.C.— Today, the leadership of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to quickly reach an agreement to fund the government and avoid a shutdown of federal agencies. Without action by Friday, four federal departments will see a lapse in appropriations, and the

By |2024-02-28T09:52:41-05:00February 28, 2024|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Burnsville Shooting

Washington, DC—Below is a statement from U.S. Conference of Mayors President Reno (NV) Mayor Hillary Schieve on this morning’s shooting in Burnsville (MN) that took the lives of two police officers and a fire department medic: “America’s mayors are heartbroken to learn that two police officers and a fire department medic were shot and

By |2024-02-18T16:40:49-05:00February 18, 2024|News, Press Room|

Statement from The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Kansas City Mass Shooting

Washington, DC–Below is a statement from U.S. Conference of Mayors President Reno (NV) Mayor Hillary Schieve on today’s mass shooting in Kansas City: “Today yet another horrific mass shooting marred what should have been a festive celebration – the parade recognizing the Super Bowl victory of the Kansas City Chiefs. The scourge of gun

By |2024-02-14T20:33:08-05:00February 14, 2024|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Denounces Defeat of National Security Package

Mayors Urge Senate Not to Abandon Critically Needed Border Compromise  Washington, D.C.— Today, the Senate failed to advance the bipartisan national security supplemental bill, which includes compromise legislation to help stabilize border security, address the humanitarian crisis, and provide support for cities that have seen a rising numbers of asylum seekers. The U.S. Conference

By |2024-02-07T16:46:24-05:00February 7, 2024|News, Press Room|

In New Letter to U.S. Senate, U.S. Conference of Mayors Urges Swift Passage of Border Security and Supplemental Funding Package

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran sent a letter to all 100 U.S. senators, urging them to swiftly pass the Bipartisan National Security Supplemental bill, which includes critical changes to the nation’s border security policies. “This bill provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make meaningful

By |2024-02-06T14:52:32-05:00February 6, 2024|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Calls on Congress to Pass Border Security and Supplemental Funding Package

Washington, DC– Last night Senate negotiators released a bipartisan border security package as part of a national security supplemental. The U.S. Conference of Mayors has long called on Congress to fix our broken immigration system and in November, a bipartisan group of 139 mayors sent a letter urging quick action on President Biden’s supplemental

By |2024-02-05T17:04:28-05:00February 5, 2024|News, Press Room|

America’s Mayors Conclude 92nd Winter Meeting At White House with President Biden

Washington, D.C. – On the final day of the U.S Conference of Mayors’ 92nd Winter Meeting, America’s mayors discussed local solutions with national leaders, including President Joe Biden. Mayors met with the president at the White House, where he praised their leadership. “Mayors are the people who get things done,” said the president. “I

By |2024-01-23T10:34:25-05:00January 20, 2024|News, Press Room|

Seven Cities Receive DollarWise Innovation Grant Awards to Support Economic Mobility

Anaheim, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Findlay, OH; Montgomery, AL; Richmond, VA; Rochester, NY; and Santa Fe, NM Awarded Grants from the United States Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign Washington, D.C.— The United States Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) DollarWise Economic Mobility Campaign awarded its 2024 DollarWise Innovation Grants during USCM’s 92nd Winter Meeting to mayors

By |2024-01-19T11:16:52-05:00January 19, 2024|News, Press Room|

“The Power to Convene”: Vice President Harris Lauds Mayors On Second Day of 92nd Winter Meeting

Washington, D.C. – On the second day of its 92nd Winter Meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors welcomed national leaders, including Vice President Kamala Harris, who celebrated city leaders for their “power to convene” during a conversation on ways to reduce gun violence in America. “You as mayors have the power to convene not only

By |2024-01-23T10:42:24-05:00January 18, 2024|News, Press Room|

Beverage Industry, USCM Announce Grant Recipients for Childhood Obesity Prevention & Environmental Health & Sustainability Awards

Nine cities awarded $745,000 in total to support community health, sustainability initiatives WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA) today announced the winners of the 2024 Childhood Obesity Prevention & Environmental Health & Sustainability awards, granting $745,000 to nine U.S. cities. The grants support

By |2024-01-18T13:45:18-05:00January 18, 2024|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors and Comcast Announce Digital Equity Challenge

Talent for Tomorrow Challenge to Award $1.5 Million for Digital Skills Programs in 10 Cities WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Comcast Corporation today announced a new $1.5 million grant awards program – Talent for Tomorrow: Digital Equity Challenge (The Challenge). This joint initiative will support the launch and expansion of local

By |2024-01-18T10:43:54-05:00January 18, 2024|News|

NEW TIME: House Democratic Leader Jeffries to Speak at U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting

January 19, 2024 | Capital Hilton | Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries will speak at the USCM Winter Meeting on Friday, January 19 at 8:45am. Leader Jeffries was previously scheduled to address the Conference on Thursday morning. Note for media: These events are

By |2024-01-18T09:16:47-05:00January 18, 2024|Media Advisories, Press Room|

USGLC & USCM Announce New Partnership to Enhance International Engagement and Leadership Among Mayors

USGLC & USCM Announce New Partnership to Enhance International Engagement and Leadership Among Mayors Washington, DC – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today announced a new partnership to help elevate the important role mayors play in diplomacy and the ways local communities benefit from U.S. global leadership.

By |2024-01-17T21:23:37-05:00January 17, 2024|News, Press Room|

PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: Updated Guidance for VP Harris’ Participation in U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting

Thursday, January 18 Capital Hilton | Washington, DC Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, January 18, Vice President Kamala Harris will join the nation’s mayors during the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 92nd Winter Meeting. See below for updated guidance. Location: Capital Hilton - Presidential Ballroom Address: 1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 Parking: Parking

By |2024-01-17T18:17:00-05:00January 17, 2024|Media Advisories, Press Room|
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