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 sara@durrcommunications.com.

Nation’s Mayors, Cities, Counties and Regions Applaud Passage of Brownfields Reauthorization included in the Omnibus Bill

Bill Marks Critical Step Forward in Developing Contaminated Properties Washington, DC – The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Regional Councils today released the following statement applauding passage of the Brownfields Reauthorization language that was included in the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill: [...]

By | 2018-03-23T15:44:50+00:00 March 23, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by New Orleans Mayor & President of the United States Conference of Mayors Mitch Landrieu on the Proposed Omnibus Spending Bill

Washington, DC—Below is a statement from New Orleans Mayor and President of the United States Conference of Mayors Mitch Landrieu in response to the proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill: “Mayors across the country are encouraged by the agreement among Congressional leaders and the Administration that provides funding for FY2018.  The proposed increases in domestic [...]

By | 2018-03-22T13:21:20+00:00 March 22, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by United States Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the Passing of U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, on the passing of United States Representative Louise Slaughter: “The United States Conference of Mayors mourns the loss of our arts champion – U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter. For more than 30 years, Congresswoman Slaughter led the effort [...]

By | 2018-03-16T12:30:26+00:00 March 16, 2018|News, Press Room|

United States Conference of Mayors Announces Winner of Mayor’s Matchup Civic Tech Pitch at SXSW

National Competition Showcases Cutting-Edge Technology Addressing Some of the Greatest Challenges Facing Cities Today Austin, TX – Today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced Biobot Analytics as the winner of the Mayor’s Matchup: Tech Innovation Pitch Competition where emerging companies pitched their ideas to address challenges facing cities in a “Shark Tank”-style forum [...]

By | 2018-03-11T17:26:20+00:00 March 11, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the United States Conference of Mayors, Concerning the Impact on Cities of the Justice Department’s Lawsuit Against the State of California

Washington, DC—Below is a statement from Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the United States Conference of Mayors, concerning the impact on cities of the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the State of California: “The United States Conference of Mayors today stands firmly united with mayors across the State of California. The Attorney General’s decision [...]

By | 2018-03-07T19:48:14+00:00 March 7, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Gather at South by Southwest to Explore Emerging Technologies and the Possibilities They Unlock to Spur Civic Innovation

Mayors Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans), Pete Buttigieg (South Bend), Steve Benjamin (Columbia), Nan Whaley (Dayton) and Steve Adler (Austin) Among Delegation of Mayors in Austin, TX Thursday, March 8 – Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Austin, TX – More than 20 mayors from across the country will head to Austin, TX this week for South by [...]

By | 2018-03-07T12:12:30+00:00 March 7, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, President of the United States Conference of Mayors, Reacts to Washington’s Decision to Delay Debate on Gun Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, President of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), today released the following statement on Washington’s decision to delay debate on gun legislation: “Senate leadership is dodging the hard stuff. Leader McConnell is ignoring urgent debates and pressing deadlines which exacerbates the sense of insecurity and vulnerability [...]

By | 2018-03-01T22:42:58+00:00 March 1, 2018|News, Press Room|

As White House Prepares To Unveil Infrastructure Proposal, Nation’s Mayors Outline Priorities To Get America Moving With A Cities-First Agenda

USCM President Mayor Mitch Landrieu: “No credible plan can ignore America’s cities.” Washington, DC— As the White House releases its infrastructure plan, it will begin a national debate on the improvements needed to shore up the foundation of the nation's economy and ensure the future growth and opportunity in cities and other communities.  The bipartisan U.S. [...]

By | 2018-02-09T14:32:14+00:00 February 9, 2018|News, Press Room|

Over 160 Mayors to Secretary of Commerce Ross: Don’t Undercut Cities – Work with Us to Ensure U.S. Cities Are Treated Fairly in the 2020 Census

Bipartisan Mayors Nationwide Call for Washington to Put Cities First in the Next Census and Reject Untested Questions that Threaten to Undermine Census Preparations WASHINGTON, DC— In coordination with the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), USCM Census Task Force Chair Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and the offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti (LA), Mayor Bill de [...]

By | 2018-02-06T13:34:37+00:00 February 6, 2018|Letters, News, Press Room|

Alexandria (VA) Mayor Allison Silberberg, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, and Community Leaders to Highlight Free File and the Success of VITA

Event Showcases Easy, No-Cost Ways to Save Money at Tax Time February 3, 2018 at 10 am Department of Community and Human Services, Alexandria, VA Washington, DC—In conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg will meet with local community leaders in Alexandria to highlight the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) [...]

By | 2018-02-01T14:46:03+00:00 February 1, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™: Creating Pet-Friendly Communities Across the Country

Mars Petcare, US Conference of Mayors continue partnership, announce grant program and playbook for implementing new pet-friendly programs at USCM 86th Winter Meeting WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2018 – Pets are now part of more than 84 million U.S. households, offering companionship, social connections and even improved health. Yet there are still barriers to pet [...]

By | 2018-01-26T10:52:38+00:00 January 26, 2018|86th Winter Meeting, News|

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wells Fargo Announce 2018 CommunityWINS® Grant Program

$3 million commitment over the next three years will support neighborhood revitalization, economic development and job creation in local municipalities SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 25, 2018 – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Wells Fargo today announced the 2018 CommunityWINS® grant program, aimed at accelerating neighborhood revitalization, economic development and job [...]

By | 2018-01-26T09:59:23+00:00 January 26, 2018|86th Winter Meeting, News|

Second Lady Mrs. Karen Pence to Deliver Remarks on Benefits of Art Therapy to U.S. Conference of Mayors

Washington, D.C. – As the U.S. Conference of Mayors concludes its annual Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 26, Mrs. Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States, will deliver remarks to a plenary meeting of bipartisan mayors from cities large and small. The remarks, “Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART,” will raise awareness [...]

By | 2018-01-25T16:15:58+00:00 January 25, 2018|86th Winter Meeting, Media Advisories, News|

Mayors Receive Dollarwise Awards To Support Financial Education

The United States Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign Awards: Innovation Grants – Akron, OH; Baltimore, MD; Houston, TX Summer Youth Campaign Grants – Little Rock, AR and Orlando, FL WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) DollarWise Campaign has awarded its 2018 Innovation Grants to three cities with extraordinary financial education initiatives. Akron, OH [...]

By | 2018-01-25T16:12:51+00:00 January 25, 2018|86th Winter Meeting, News|

Six Cities Share $445,000 In Grants To Support Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs

Partnership Invests in Promising Programs to Encourage Kids’ Healthy Weight & Lifestyle WASHINGTON, DC — Today The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the winners of the 2018 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards during the organization’s 86th Winter Meeting in the nation’s capital. The awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight [...]

By | 2018-01-25T14:51:53+00:00 January 25, 2018|86th Winter Meeting, News|

USCM President Mayor Mitch Landrieu Statement on Cancelling White House Meeting with President Trump

Washington, DC – Please attribute the following statement to U.S. Conference of Mayors President Mitch Landrieu: “Many mayors of both parties were looking forward to visiting the White House today to speak about infrastructure and other issues of pressing importance to the 82 percent of Americans who call cities home. Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s decision [...]

By | 2018-01-24T13:26:06+00:00 January 24, 2018|86th Winter Meeting, News, Press Room|

As Washington Reels from Political Drama and Mayors Keep US Economy Humming, U.S. Conference of Mayors President Mitch Landrieu Delivers “State of the Cities” Keynote Remarks

Landrieu Highlights Theme of Mayoral Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty for American Cities, Stress Policy Priorities in Address to Over 200 Republican & Democratic Mayors  ***State of Cities Speech at 12:15pm*** ***USCM Opening Press Conference: Mayors Landrieu, Benjamin, Barnett, Garcetti; Other Bipartisan Mayors 11:30pm*** Washington, D.C. – As the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) [...]

By | 2018-01-24T09:46:59+00:00 January 24, 2018|86th Winter Meeting, Media Advisories|

Statement by United States Conference of Mayors President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Federal Government Shutdown

Washington, DC—The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the following statement on the federal government shutdown: “Tonight, our leaders in Washington put politics ahead of American taxpayers by choosing to shut down the federal government,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, President of the United States Conference of [...]

By | 2018-01-20T00:13:08+00:00 January 20, 2018|News, Press Room|

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to Join Bipartisan Mayors from Around the Country in Nation’s Capital for U.S. Conference of Mayors 86th Winter Meeting  

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of President Trump’s first State of the Union Address, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will join hundreds of mayors from across the nation for the U.S Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) 86th Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. to address the state of America’s cities. Led by USCM President New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the three-day [...]

By | 2018-01-19T12:44:14+00:00 January 19, 2018|86th Winter Meeting, Media Advisories|