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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

Mayors Hold Conference Call to Discuss Opportunity Zone Funds

On Wednesday, February 26, mayors from across the country joined the Council on Metro Economies and the New American City to discuss Opportunity Zone Funds, and how cities can leverage Opportunity Zone Funds to develop new city projects. Speakers included William Lambe of Enterprise Community Investment Inc., Noelle St. Clair of Woodforest National Bank, and

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Announces First Opportunity Zone Investment

On November 5th, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced one of the city's first Opportunity Zone investments by the Marin Group. According to the city, the new project will expand Blacksmith Iron Works, a fabrication and custom metal solutions business that recently moved into a 20,000 square-foot facility at 3100 Vermont Ave. - in the Russell neighborhood.

U.S. Treasury/IRS Publish Proposed Regulations on Opportunity Zones

On October 29, 2018 The U.S. Treasury published its first set of proposed regulations governing  Opportunity Zone tax incentives. Comment deadline on the proposed rules is December 28, 2018, and a public hearing is scheduled for January 10, 2019. U.S. Conference of Mayors Comments Letter to the IRS on Opportunity Zones - Submitted December 20th,

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Meeting with Treasury Secretary on Opportunity Zones

Washington, DC—Today, a bipartisan delegation of mayors, led by U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to discuss the importance of timely and effective IRS guidance to implement the Opportunity Zone provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  The delegation included Rochester

Ohio Mayors Alliance Outlines Adverse Impacts of Federal Tax Overhaul on Ohio Cities and Taxpayers

The Ohio Alliance of Mayors, in conjunction with the United States Conference of Mayors, held a press conference Friday, November 17 in Columbus, OH to oppose the repeal of State and local tax deductibility (SALT) in the House and Senate tax reform bills. Speaking to Ohio reporters, the bi-partisan group of mayors were led by

Responding to Charlottesville, U.S. Conference of Mayors and ADL Join on Action Plan to Combat Hate, Extremism & Discrimination

More than 200 mayors pledge to vigorously fight bigotry, work to build tolerance in their cities  ‘Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry’ calls for fully-resourced law enforcement and civil rights investigations of domestic terrorism and hate crimes New York, NY/Washington, D.C., August 18, 2017 – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and The

Letter From U.S. Conference of Mayors President, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to the Nation’s Mayors Reflects on Events in Charlottesville

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors President, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following letter to mayors calling on them to unite their communities and to stand up to those who seek to divide and perpetuate hate. Dear Mayors, Throughout our nation’s history, mayors have led the charge opposing all forms of racism

By |2017-08-22T09:39:11-04:00August 17, 2017|Hate, Extremism, and Bigotry, Letters, Updates|

America’s Mayors Condemn Bigotry And Violence That Occurred In Charlottesville On August 11 & 12

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran Washington, DC— U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement about the events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA on August 11 and 12, 2017 : “America’s mayors are registering their strong support for Charlottesville Mayor Michael

By |2017-08-22T09:39:14-04:00August 14, 2017|Hate, Extremism, and Bigotry, News, Press Room|

Statement By U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director About The Events in Charlottesville, VA

New Orleans, LA— U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement about the events in Charlottesville, VA: “Mayors of all parties, from coast to coast, stand united in support of Charlottesville, VA Mayor Mike Signer. We want to send a firm, united message that hate and violence have

By |2017-08-22T09:39:18-04:00August 12, 2017|Hate, Extremism, and Bigotry, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on Threat to CDBG in Senate Border Security Bill

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the threat to Community Development Block Grant funds in the Senate Border Security Bill -- Building America’s Trust Act: “The nation’s mayors strongly oppose a provision in the Building America’s Trust Act introduced in the Senate Thursday which would withhold Community

CDBG Works: How Mayors Put CDBG To Work

Download: CDBG Works Report June 2017 The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is the key tool cities use to revitalize low and moderate-income neighborhoods and serve the people who live in them. Administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, CDBG was launched in 1974 and has served thousands of communities across the

By |2017-10-05T12:32:21-04:00June 23, 2017|CDBG, Reports|

Community Development Daily: Dayton (OH) and Indianapolis (IN)

The Conference of Mayors' is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities. Dayton, OH Dayton’s Neighborhood Stabilization and Improvement Program received $2,845,103.86 in 2016 and has received $8,185,962.07 overall since 2014. The Neighborhood Stabilization and Improvement Program includes administrative assistance for housing rehabilitation and maintenance programs, emergency

By |2017-05-04T09:21:12-04:00May 4, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Community Development Daily: Montgomery (AL) and Winston-Salem (NC)

The Conference of Mayors' is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities. Montgomery, AL During Program Years 2012 - 2015, the City of Montgomery allocated approximately $4M to the Montgomery Housing Authority for infrastructure improvements at The Plaza, formerly known as Tulane Court.  The dilapidated public housing

By |2017-05-04T09:30:34-04:00May 3, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Community Development Daily: Buffalo (NY) and Knoxville (TN)

The Conference of Mayors' is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities. Buffalo, NY The City of Buffalo is committed to preserving the integrity of our unique architecture and culture.  One example of this is our Beverly Gray Business Incubator, located in a low-moderate income neighborhood on

By |2017-05-04T09:35:16-04:00May 2, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Community Development Daily: Beaverton (OR) and Mesa (AZ)

The Conference of Mayors' is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities. Beaverton, OR This year, Beaverton funded two organizations a total of $147,000.  A tremendous success story comes from our partner Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, or MESO, and their work with Maria Roman (name used

By |2017-05-04T09:57:34-04:00May 1, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Community Development Daily: Spotlight on Attleboro (MA) and Fort Wayne (IN)

The Conference of Mayors' is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities. Attleboro (MA) Various social service agencies in Attleboro depend on block grant funds to sustain existing services. Over $300,000 has been appropriated to support agencies in the past 5 years servicing over 3,000 low-income Attleboro

Community Development Daily: Spotlight on Santa Fe (NM) and St. Louis (MO)

As a part of National Community Development Week, the Conference of Mayors is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities.  Santa Fe, NM In 2009, the City of Santa Fe utilized CDBG funds to provide solar lights in three low/mod income Census tract parks:  Monica Lucero, Salvador

Community Development Daily: Spotlight on New York (NY) and Cincinnati (OH)

As a part of National Community Development Week, the Conference of Mayors is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities.  Here are two more CDBG Works examples from New York City and the City of Cincinnati, both showing how CDBG dollars are revitalizing neighborhood housing and businesses

Local Leaders Sound Alarm on Plan to Eliminate CDBG in FY ’18 Budget

Host Conference Call with Reporters During National Community Development Week  Washington, D.C. –  In the middle of Community Development Week (April 17-22), mayors and local leaders across the country today lifted their voices in support of the many accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and its ability to positively impact residents and transform communities. On

By |2017-04-26T11:28:36-04:00April 19, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, News, Press Room|