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.

Nation’s Mayors Urge President Trump to Fully Enforce the Defense Production Act

Washington, DC—Today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump urging him to fully enforce the Defense Production Act, as authorized by Congress, to increase the production of medical supplies to help cities combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Last night, the Executive Committee of the USCM held an emergency

By |2020-03-30T13:02:02-04:00March 30, 2020|News, Press Room|

Mayors to President Trump: Help Us Secure Critical Covid-19 Emergency Equipment

Washington, DC—Today, the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump asking for help in securing critical supplies and equipment needed to safeguard first responders and healthcare workers in cities across the country. The letter was sent because a new survey released by the Conference revealed the

By |2020-03-28T15:17:30-04:00March 28, 2020|News, Press Room|

New Baseball Short Film Chronicles Elmora Troopers’ Journey to 2019 Little League World Series

https://youtu.be/ey2Rz1l5M8g The Elmora Troopers, a little league team from Elizabeth, New Jersey, overcame the odds to captivate their city and the nation (Washington, DC) – On what would have been Opening Day weekend, when thousands of fans would have been packing the stands and millions more watching baseball on television, the United States Conference

By |2020-03-28T13:03:10-04:00March 28, 2020|News, Press Room|

CITY DATA: Survey of 213 Mayors Reveals Extent of Shortage of COVID-19 Emergency Equipment

Results find cities in need of PPE, test kits, face masks and ventilators WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) released a new survey of 213 cities from 41 states and Puerto Rico on the shortage of COVID-19 emergency equipment across the country. Mayors reported on the availability of test kits,

By |2020-03-27T14:10:33-04:00March 27, 2020|Children Health and Human Services, News, Press Room, Reports|

Expanding the COVID-19 Local Response Initiative, Mike Bloomberg Announces New Program to Help Cities Navigate, Access, and Deploy Federal Aid

In Partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors the program will assist Cities in Documenting Costs and Ensuring Proper Reimbursement of Federal Funding to Support Local Response and Recovery March 26, 2020, NEW YORK- Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a new set of supports for U.S. cities to help them better understand how to access and

By |2020-03-27T15:03:22-04:00March 26, 2020|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Urges Congress to Lower Population Level Eligible for Aid

Draft House Bill Provides Aid Only to Cities Above 500,000 Residents WASHINGTON – As lawmakers hurry to finalize a legislative package responding to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) is urging them to ensure a greater number of cities are eligible for federal resources. Under the legislation introduced in the House, only

By |2020-03-24T11:38:08-04:00March 24, 2020|News, Press Room|

NEW: More than 300 Mayors Join Bipartisan Request for $250 Billion Directed to Cities to Fight Coronavirus, Protect Families & Communities

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this week, the leadership of the United States Conference of Mayors sent an urgent request to lawmakers as they prepare the next phase of a federal response to the coronavirus outbreak. Now, 303 mayors from 48 states and the District of Columbia have signed onto the letter seeking $250 billion in

United States Conference of Mayors Requests $250 Billion in Localized Aid to Fight Virus, Maintain City Services, Help Workers and Local Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC – As lawmakers deliberate on the next phase of the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) has sent an urgent request for resources to House and Senate leaders. Mayors and local officials are on the front lines of this battle, and they are asking lawmakers to prioritize

Nation’s Mayors to Congress: Direct Funding to Cities Critical to Coronavirus Response

Washington, DC—Below is a statement from Bryan K. Barnett, President of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Mayor of Rochester Hills, MI, on the reported bipartisan agreement Congress reached today on a package to combat the coronavirus. Earlier today, USCM sent a letter to both the House and Senate calling on lawmakers to

By |2020-03-04T18:20:19-05:00March 4, 2020|News, Press Room|

On One-Year Anniversary of House Passage, Mayors Call for Senate to Vote Now on Background Check Legislation

As Another Tragedy Strikes an American City, U.S. Conference of Mayors Sends Letter to Senate Leadership Renewing a Call for Action WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Milwaukee is reeling from a mass shooting tragedy, as yet another city is hit by the crisis of gun violence in America. It was one year ago today that

By |2020-02-27T10:37:19-05:00February 27, 2020|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Shooting in Milwaukee

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills (MI), on today’s shooting in Milwaukee: “Today we add Milwaukee to the long and rapidly growing list of America’s cities that have recently experienced mass shootings.  Today Milwaukee loses at least six residents who leave countless family

By |2020-02-26T22:07:50-05:00February 26, 2020|News, Press Room|

STATEMENT: U.S. Conference of Mayors on Proposed Elimination of CDBG

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the United States Conference of Mayors, on the Administration’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) in its 2021 budget: “It is most unfortunate that the Administration has been ill-advised by HUD and OMB to eliminate the Community Development

By |2020-02-11T14:06:47-05:00February 11, 2020|News, Press Room|

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,

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President on Signing of USMCA Legislation

Washington, DC -- Below is a statement by Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills (MI) and President of the United States Conference of Mayors on today’s signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) implementation legislation by President Trump: “The nation’s mayors applaud President Trump for signing the legislation to implement USMCA. This new bipartisan

By |2020-01-29T21:09:29-05:00January 29, 2020|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President on White House Meeting

Washington, DC -- Below is a statement by Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills (MI) and President of the United States Conference of Mayors on the meeting a delegation of mayors had with President Trump at the White House on Friday, January 24, 2020. “This past Friday, mayors from across the country had the

By |2020-01-28T10:49:20-05:00January 28, 2020|88th Winter Meeting (2020), News, Press Room|

NEW POLL: Climate Change, Gun Violence the Defining Issues for Young Voters

U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases Survey of Young Voters; Concerns Mirror Priorities of the US Conference of Mayors, Demonstrate Need for Youth Engagement Washington, D.C. – Today, at their 88th Winter Meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) released the results of a survey of voters aged 18-29, highlighting the concerns of younger Americans and underscoring

By |2020-01-25T12:01:49-05:00January 24, 2020|88th Winter Meeting (2020), News, Press Room, Youth Involvement|

Albuquerque, Augusta and Oakland Park Win Top 2020 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards

Cities Share $445,000 in Grants to Encourage Children’s Healthy Weight & Lifestyle Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the winners for the 2020 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards during the USCM’s 88th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Albuquerque, N.M. Mayor Tim Keller, Augusta, Ga. Mayor Hardie Davis and Oakland Park, Fla. Mayor

By |2020-01-25T12:02:20-05:00January 23, 2020|88th Winter Meeting (2020), News, Press Room|

Report: As Climate Change Threatens Cities, Mayors are Taking Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report released today by the Alliance for a Sustainable Future – a joint effort from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) – shows that America’s mayors are stepping up and taking action to reduce carbon pollution in the absence of federal

By |2020-01-25T12:02:35-05:00January 23, 2020|88th Winter Meeting (2020), News, Press Room|

Presidential Candidates Bloomberg and Buttigieg to Address Nation’s Mayors

Bloomberg: Wednesday, January 22 Buttigieg: Thursday, January 23 Capital Hilton | Washington, DC Washington, D.C. – Next week, Democratic Presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, will address the nation’s mayors during the U.S Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) 88th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Bloomberg will

By |2020-01-18T15:25:08-05:00January 17, 2020|88th Winter Meeting (2020), Media Advisories, Press Room|

Mayors to Bring Bipartisan Solutions to Nation’s Capital

Mayor Bryan K. Barnett Will Lead the 88th U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, Bringing Together Local and Federal Leaders January 22-24, 2020 Capital Hilton | Washington, DC Washington, D.C. – With mayoral leadership ascendant in America, hundreds of mayors from across the country are set to gather for the U.S Conference of Mayors’

By |2020-01-21T11:29:50-05:00January 14, 2020|88th Winter Meeting (2020), Media Advisories, Press Room|