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.

Statement by The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Tyre Nichols

Washington, DC–Below is a statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, on the tragic death of Tyre Nichols and the circumstances surrounding it: “America’s mayors mourn for Tyre Nichols and grieve with his loved ones. We are outraged that such a brutal killing at the hands of

By |2023-01-27T19:03:21-05:00January 27, 2023|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Joins Fight to Preserve Ability of Local Governments to Address Gun Violence in Their Communities

USCM Files Amicus Brief in support of Highland Park, IL Washington, D.C.— Today, the United States Conference of Mayors filed an amicus brief in National Association for Gun Rights and Susan Goldman v. City of Highland Park, Illinois, supporting the city as it works to maintain the legal flexibility needed to regulate access to

By |2023-01-26T16:29:18-05:00January 26, 2023|News, Press Room|

Mayors Receive DollarWise Innovation Grant Awards to Support Economic Mobility in 8 U.S. Cities

Arlington, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Cleveland, OH; Kansas City, MO; Lansing, MI; Lima, OH; Louisville, KY; and Reno, NV Awarded Grants from the United States Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign Washington, D.C. — The United States Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) DollarWise Campaign awarded its 2023 Innovation Grants — of $10,000 each — to eight mayors

By |2023-01-26T15:21:29-05:00January 20, 2023|News, Press Room|

NEW REPORT: U.S. Conference of Mayors in Partnership with Wells Fargo Release Report on Effective Solutions for Climate Resilience

The new report provides blueprint for communities to reduce emissions and prepare for future risks Washington, D.C. — Today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) along with the Wells Fargo Institute for Sustainable Finance released a new report “Investing in Resilient and Equitable Neighborhoods,” which highlights focus areas, best practices and strategies for communities

By |2023-01-19T15:00:47-05:00January 19, 2023|News, Press Room|

Nine Cities Share $745,000 in Grants from 2023 Childhood Obesity Prevention & Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA) announced today $745,000 in grants to nine cities who were winners of the 2023 Childhood Obesity Prevention & Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards. The grants, which were awarded during USCM’s 91st Winter Meeting, aim to support programs

By |2023-01-19T13:42:50-05:00January 19, 2023|News, Press Room|

New Speakers: Additional Biden Cabinet Officials to Speak at U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 91st Winter Meeting

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Will Address Nation’s Mayors on Friday, January 20 Updated Guidance for Secretary Blinken Remarks Wednesday Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced that additional Biden Cabinet officials will address the nation’s mayors during the 91st Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. U.S.

By |2023-01-17T14:45:59-05:00January 17, 2023|Media Advisories|

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED: Biden Cabinet Officials Among Those Featured at U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 91st Winter Meeting

Notable Speakers include U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm; EPA Administrator Michael Regan; U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy; Ambassador Nina Lucine Hachigian (ret), first U.S. Special Representative for City and State Diplomacy Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced additional featured speakers for the

By |2023-01-13T15:09:44-05:00January 13, 2023|Media Advisories|

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to Address Nation’s Mayors During U.S. Conference of Mayors 91st Winter Meeting

Keynote Marks First Time a Secretary of State has Addressed the Conference Washington, D.C. – As part of The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) 91st Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver remarks on Wednesday, January 18 at 8:45 am ET at the Capital Hilton. This marks the first

By |2023-01-13T13:06:57-05:00January 11, 2023|Media Advisories|

Next Week: DHS Secretary Mayorkas to Address Nation’s Mayors During U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 91st Winter Meeting

Remarks Set for Thursday, January 19, 2023 Capital Hilton | Washington, DC Washington, D.C. – As part of The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) 91st Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas will deliver remarks on Thursday, January 19 at the Capital Hilton. The Secretary's remarks will discuss the increasingly important

By |2023-01-10T12:39:53-05:00January 10, 2023|Media Advisories|

State And Local Government Associations Commend Congress for Infrastructure and Disaster Flexibility

WASHINGTON – With the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, the seven leading organizations representing state and local governments at the federal level thank Congress for providing flexibility to use American Rescue Plan Act funds for purposes of infrastructure, neighborhood revitalization, and disaster relief. The National Governors Association, Council of State Governments,

By |2023-01-09T14:10:52-05:00January 9, 2023|News, Press Room|

Next Week: Nation’s Mayors Convene in Washington, DC for U.S. Conference of Mayors 91st Winter Meeting

President Biden to Welcome Mayors to White House Washington, D.C. – Starting on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) will host its 91st Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, bringing together hundreds of bipartisan mayors from across the country. On the final day of the Meeting, Friday, January 20, President Joe Biden will

By |2023-01-09T10:33:13-05:00January 9, 2023|Media Advisories, News|

America’s Mayors Celebrate Passage of Legislation Providing Flexibility For ARPA Resources

Policy Has Been A Top Bipartisan Priority for U.S. Conference of Mayors WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, under Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s leadership, the United States Senate passed the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act. The bipartisan legislation would allow cities, states, and other local governments to allocate resources from

By |2022-12-23T14:28:50-05:00December 23, 2022|News, Press Room|

America’s Mayors Mark 10 Years Since Sandy Hook Mass Shooting

Washington, DC – Today marks 10 years since the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which took the lives of 20 first graders and six adults. Below is a statement by Kansas City (MO) Mayor Quinton Lucas, Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Criminal and Social Justice Committee, and Tom Cochran, USCM

By |2022-12-14T09:54:37-05:00December 14, 2022|Criminal and Social Justice, News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Applauds President Biden, Congress for Enactment of Respect for Marriage Act

Washington, D.C.— Today, President Biden signed into law the Respect for Marriage Act, which enshrines and protects marriage equality for same-sex and interracial couples. The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) first adopted policy calling for legal protections of gay and lesbian rights by all levels of government in 1984 and policy in support of marriage equality

By |2022-12-13T16:27:55-05:00December 13, 2022|News, Press Room|

Mayors Whose Cities Had Mass Shootings Urge Senate to Pass Bipartisan Gun Safety Legislation

Washington, DC – Nearly 70 mayors from across the U.S. whose cities have experienced a mass shooting this year sent a letter to Senate Leaders today calling on the Senate to pass gun safety legislation. Two bipartisan bills, S.736, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, and S.529, the Background Check Expansion Act, have already passed the

By |2022-12-05T09:42:30-05:00December 5, 2022|News, Press Room|

In Letter to Congressional Leaders, Mayors Call for Additional Funding to Bolster Local Organizations Serving Asylum Seekers Along the Southern Border

Washington, DC – Today, in a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, 36 mayors from southern border states and several of their colleagues from other parts of the country urged Congress to add funding to the FY 2023 omnibus appropriations bill to boost the capacity of local

By |2022-12-01T10:26:13-05:00December 1, 2022|News, Press Room|

America’s Mayors Applaud Senate Passage of Respect for Marriage Act

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act to enshrine and protect marriage equality for same-sex and interracial couples. The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) adopted policy calling for legal protections of gay and lesbian rights by all levels of government in 1984 and policy in support of marriage equality in

By |2022-11-29T18:36:06-05:00November 29, 2022|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Urges Congress to Avert Economic Disaster and Pass Rail Labor Agreement Bill

Washington, D.C.— Below is a statement from U.S. Conference of Mayors’ CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the need for swift passage of the proposed agreement between railroad workers and operators to avoid a national rail shutdown: “As the nation faces the threat of a catastrophic rail shutdown, America’s mayors are calling on Congress

By |2022-11-29T14:10:26-05:00November 29, 2022|News, Press Room|
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