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.

151 Mayors Send Letter to U.S. Senate Urging Swift Action on Voting Rights Legislation; Call for Up or Down Vote

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter signed by 151 bipartisan mayors to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the U.S. Senate to take action this month on voting rights legislation, specifically the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (S. 4) and the Freedom to Vote

By |2022-01-03T17:07:50-05:00January 3, 2022|News, Press Room|

Looking to the Future of American Cities, USCM Launches New Task Force on Electric Vehicles

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley announced the formation of a new Conference Task Force on Electric Vehicles, reflecting the rising importance of EVs in mayors’ plans for modernizing transportation systems. The Task Force will focus on approaches to accelerate the transition to vehicle electrification and

Mayors Honored for Leadership on Climate Action

Houston and Beverly Mayors Win Top Honors Washington, D.C.  – Today, thirteen mayors are being recognized for their efforts to address the climate crisis as part of the 2021 Mayors Climate Protection Awards. Top honors went to Houston (TX) Mayor Sylvester Turner for the Sunnyside Landfill Solar Project and Beverly (MA) Mayor Michael P. Cahill

By |2021-12-17T09:27:03-05:00December 17, 2021|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Joins Public & Private Sector Organizations to Call on House to Provide Flexibility, Allow State, Local Governments to Use ARPA Funds to Invest in Infrastructure

More than 30 Organizations Urge House to Pass Bipartisan H.R. 5735 Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors joined a coalition of more than 30 organizations, including the National Association of Counties and the United States Chamber of Commerce, by sending a letter to House leadership urging action on the bipartisan State, Local,

By |2021-12-06T19:45:30-05:00December 6, 2021|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Praise House Passage of Build Back Better Act

Legislation Invests in Key Priorities Like Climate, Housing, Child Care Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act, which includes historic investments in major priorities of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, such as climate action, affordable housing, child care, and education. In response to the House

By |2021-11-19T09:56:52-05:00November 19, 2021|News, Press Room|

Electric Vehicles, LED Lighting, Low-Energy Buildings And Solar Anchor City Energy/Climate Efforts According To New Conference Of Mayors’ Report

100+ Mayors Surveyed on Priority Technologies and Infrastructure Upgrades Washington, D.C. – The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) today released a new report showing how cities are using energy technologies and infrastructure upgrades to advance local energy and climate goals, helping the U.S. make further progress in addressing its growing energy and climate challenges.

By |2021-11-19T11:27:40-05:00November 16, 2021|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Applaud Signing of Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

U.S. Conference of Mayors Leaders Attend Bill Signing Event at White House Washington, D.C. – Today, with mayors representing the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran in attendance, President Joe Biden signed into law the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The legislation has been a long-time priority

By |2021-11-15T16:24:39-05:00November 15, 2021|News, Press Room|

State and Local Government Groups Call on Congress to Provide Greater Flexibility with Relief Aid

Big Seven State and Local Organizations Urge House to Pass Senate Bill Washington, DC – Today the leading organizations that represent state and local governments —The U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Counties, and National League of

By |2021-11-08T17:00:08-05:00November 8, 2021|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Celebrate House Passage of Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, legislation that represents the largest long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century. The bill now heads to the president for his signature to become law. Applauding the House’s action, USCM President Dayton

By |2021-11-06T08:56:42-04:00November 6, 2021|News, Press Room|

Delegation of American Mayors to Attend UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

Bipartisan Group of Mayors Will Reassert City-Level Commitment to Fighting Climate Change Washington, DC – A bipartisan delegation of American mayors representing the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) arrived in Glasgow today to attend COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference. Appointed by USCM President Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, members of the delegation include New

By |2021-11-01T10:43:03-04:00November 1, 2021|News, Press Room|

Mayors Welcome Biden Framework to Build Back Better

Plan Includes Important Priorities of American Cities Washington, DC – Today President Joe Biden presented a revised framework to Congress for his Build Back Better plan, and the proposal includes major priorities of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). In response, USCM President Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley released the following statement. “Mayors are grateful

By |2021-10-28T10:50:12-04:00October 28, 2021|News, Press Room|

Delegation of American Mayors to Attend UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

Bipartisan Group of Mayors Will Reassert City-Level Commitment to Fighting Climate Change Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced the organization’s bipartisan delegation to COP26, the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland next month. Members include New Orleans (LA) Mayor LaToya Cantrell; Des Moines (IA)

By |2021-10-25T13:07:25-04:00October 25, 2021|News, Press Room|

Statement by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Homeland Security’s Announcement that Land and Ferry Ports of Entry will Open to Vaccinated Non-Essential Travelers

Washington, DC--The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) applauds the Biden Administration and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in particular for the October 12 announcement that they will allow non-essential travelers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation to enter the United States through land and ferry ports of entry at U.S.

By |2021-10-13T14:11:23-04:00October 13, 2021|News, Press Room|

WEDNESDAY: Chairwoman Maxine Waters Joins Nation’s Mayors to Call on Congress to Prioritize Housing Support in Build Back Better Plan

Washington, DC – As American cities continue to confront serious housing and homelessness challenges, mayors are calling on Congress to act. The U.S. Conference of Mayors will host a virtual press call on Wednesday, September 29 at 11:00AM ET to discuss important housing provisions authored by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA, 43rd District), Chair of the House

By |2021-09-29T08:33:35-04:00September 29, 2021|Media Advisories|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces Winners of Police Reform & Racial Justice Grants

Target and USCM Awarded Grants to Three Cities to Support Efforts to Achieve Racial Justice Washington, D.C.— Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in partnership with Target, announced the 2021 recipients of Police Reform and Racial Justice Grants: Dallas, TX; Albuquerque, NM; and Salisbury, MD. American mayors have been at the forefront of efforts to

By |2021-09-27T10:15:33-04:00September 27, 2021|News, Press Room|

FRIDAY: U.S. Mayors, National Urban League, and City Leaders to Call for Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

Washington, D.C.— On Friday, September 24 at 11:00 am ET, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the National Urban League (NUL) will host a virtual press conference calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill. USCM President Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley will be joined on the call by National Urban League President Marc Morial,

By |2021-09-23T15:19:36-04:00September 23, 2021|Media Advisories|

Bloomberg Philanthropies, U.S. Conference of Mayors Announce Partnership to Help Mayors Access Historic Amounts of Federal Funding

First of Its Kind Program Helps Cities Navigate Federal Recovery Funding Maze with Guidance from a Team of Experts New York, NY and Washington, DC: Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today announced a new partnership to support mayors across the country identify, obtain and retain billions in federal recovery dollars. Cities are

By |2021-09-22T10:04:35-04:00September 22, 2021|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Demand Congress Uphold Its Responsibility to Extend Federal Borrowing Authority

Washington, DC – In order to avoid a national financial crisis, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) is calling on Congress to extend the debt ceiling and avoid the kind of brinkmanship that could threaten the American economy. Demanding bipartisan and urgent action, USCM President Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley released the following statement: “Both

By |2021-09-17T08:14:22-04:00September 17, 2021|News, Press Room|

READOUT: Nation’s Mayors Meet with DHS Secretary Mayorkas, Biden Administration Officials To Discuss Resettlement of Afghans

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) participated in a virtual briefing with Members of the Biden-Harris Administration on the evacuation and resettlement of our Afghan allies following the end of the Afghanistan War. Mayors spoke with Biden Administration officials about how cities can support resettlement efforts and help the Afghans who

By |2021-09-09T17:43:16-04:00September 9, 2021|News, Press Room|
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