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Mayors Karen Freeman-Wilson, Ed Pawlowski to Speak in Support of Community Development Block Grant Funding

Washington, D.C. –  On behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), Gary (IN) Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Allentown (PA) Mayor Ed Pawlowski will participate in a Congressional roundtable discussion on the importance of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs, both of which are slated for elimination in the Administration’s [...]

By | 2017-05-24T10:16:01+00:00 May 24, 2017|Community Development and Housing, Press Room|

The Nation’s Mayors Sound Alarm on Trump FY 2018 Budget: Statement by USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran issued the following statement on the release of President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal, A New Foundation for American Greatness: “Mayors across the country are deeply troubled by President Trump’s brazen attack on the very people he promised to protect. The [...]

By | 2017-05-23T17:36:25+00:00 May 23, 2017|Community Development and Housing, Press Room|

Mayors See Infrastructure Investment As Key To Future As U.S. Metros Lead Nation’s Job Growth, But Many Still Lag Behind

Washington, D.C. -- While the nation’s metropolitan areas are economically strong with more than 300 metros experiencing job growth in 2016 and accounting for 95% of all the U.S. job gains last year, growth continues to remain uneven, with nearly one-third of metro cities (121) still not having recovered their lost jobs from the Great Recession, [...]

U.S. Mayors to Participate in Infrastructure Week

Release New Report Demonstrating Why Federal Dollars Should be Directed to Cities  Washington, D.C. – On the heels of President Trump reaching 100 days in office, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Infrastructure Task Force Chair Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and other mayoral leaders from across the country will [...]

U.S. Conference of Mayors Announce Infrastructure Task Force to be Chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has announced today the formation of a Task Force on Infrastructure to be chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. As Chair of the USCM Infrastructure Task Force, Mayor Garcetti will represent the Conference of Mayors during Infrastructure Week, which is [...]

U.S. Conference of Mayors Opposes Passage of House Healthcare Replacement Bill

Washington, D.C. – The nation’s mayors today expressed strong opposition to the American Health Care Act of 2017. In January, mayors came together in a bipartisan manner to put forward key principles and in a U.S. Conference of Mayors letter (Jan 25) to Congress that would help protect our nation's sickest people.  The amended legislation [...]

Selected News Clips From USCM Meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

  On Tuesday, April 25th U.S. Conference of Mayors leadership met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss a range of public safety issues, including reducing violent crime, strengthening police-community relations, criminal justice reform, and Justice Department provisions in January 25 interior enforcement Executive Order. Meeting participants included:  USCM Vice President New Orleans (LA) Mayor Mitch Landrieu, [...]

State, Local Governments Applaud Introduction of Remote Sales Tax Legislation

WASHINGTON – The seven leading organizations that represent state and local governments at the federal level – the National Governors Association, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, International City/County Management Association, National Conference of State Legislatures and The Council of State Governments – today issued the following statement on [...]

By | 2017-04-28T15:04:59+00:00 April 28, 2017|News, Press Room|

State, Local Governments Urge Congress to Preserve State and Local Tax Deduction and Tax-Exempt Municipal Bonds in Tax Reform Efforts

Washington – The seven leading organizations that represent state and local governments at the federal level – the National Governors Association, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, International City/County Management Association, National Conference of State Legislatures and The Council of State Governments – issued the following statement on President [...]

By | 2017-04-28T13:08:38+00:00 April 28, 2017|News, Press Room, U.S. Metro Economies|

Statement by USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Nationwide Injunction of Executive Order Sanctuary Cities Provisions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran issued the following statement on today’s ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: The nation’s mayors applaud today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California which granted San Francisco and Santa Clara [...]

Nation’s Mayors to Meet With Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. –  A delegation of the nation’s mayors will meet with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, April 25th at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to discuss a range of public safety issues, including reducing violent crime, strengthening police-community relations, criminal justice reform, and Justice Department provisions [...]

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+00:00 April 19, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, News, Press Room|

Local Leaders Sound Alarm on Plan to Eliminate Community Development Block Grant Funding

Host Conference Call with Reporters During National Community Development Week:   Wednesday, April 19th at 11:30 am ET  Washington, D.C. –  During National Community Development Week, which runs from April 17-21 and highlights the accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, mayors and local leaders will host a national press conference call on Wednesday, [...]

Mayors Send Letter to President Trump in Support of U.S. Response to Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attack

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter today to President Donald J. Trump to express support for the recent air strikes on a Syrian airbase.  The letter was signed by USCM President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Vice President New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, USCM Second Vice President Columbia Mayor [...]

By | 2017-04-08T16:28:19+00:00 April 8, 2017|International Affairs, Press Room|

U.S. Mayors Issue Bipartisan Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  Washington, D.C. -- Through the U.S Conference of Mayors, 101 mayors from 33 states are jointly calling on Congress to fix the nation’s broken immigration system by passing bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  From cities large and small, the mayors have signed a bipartisan letter urging members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to enact comprehensive immigration reform that would: Strengthen our borders while [...]

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to Testify on the ‘FAST’ Act

Washington, D.C. – On behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will testify before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing on Tuesday, April 4th at 10 a.m. ET during a hearing titled ‘Fixing America’s Surface Transportation’ (FAST) Act Implementation:  State and Local Perspectives.’ Mayor Reed, who Chairs the Conference’s [...]

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Issues Statement on Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order

  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s Executive Order titled ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’: "The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a strong proponent of the need to address climate change and supports the Paris agreement, which [...]

By | 2017-03-29T18:14:17+00:00 March 29, 2017|Energy, Environment, Press Room|

Statement by USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Today’s Remarks by Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington, D.C. – USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on today’s remarks on Sanctuary Jurisdictions by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Today U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused some states and cities of adopting ‘policies designed to frustrate the enforcement of our immigration laws.’  This statement is incorrect, unfortunate, and [...]

By | 2017-03-27T17:30:15+00:00 March 27, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Stand in Solidarity with Immigrants, Urges Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C. – Today, mayors from more than 60 cities across the country joined together to lift their voices in support of immigrants and immigration reform in a ‘Cities Day of Immigration Action.’ U.S. Conference of Mayors leaders Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Seattle Mayor Ed [...]

By | 2017-03-21T16:59:13+00:00 March 21, 2017|Immigration Reform, Press Room|

Audio Press Conference on Cities Day of Action for Immigration Reform

Listen to the press conference here: Featuring: Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chair of the Latino Alliance of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, Co-Chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Co-Chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force Seattle Mayor Ed [...]