Benjamin, Brainard, and Biskupski Tout Climate Actions, Want Renewed Funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) 

Conference President Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski Conference President Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, joined by Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, discussed their local climate strategies before a key House Subcommittee yesterday afternoon, urging the panel Members and Congress broadly to invest [...]

Conference of Mayors Obtains Preliminary Injunction Leading to 21-day Extension for Byrne JAG Award Recipients

In response to an overnight emergency motion filed by the United States Conference of Mayors’ lawyers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, today the Attorney General consented to a 21-day extension, or until August 31, 2018, for all Byrne JAG award recipients to accept their awarded funds. The Attorney General previously said [...]

By |2018-08-10T16:31:20-05:00August 10, 2018|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Updates|

U.S. Conference of Mayors and Ohio Mayors Alliance Release Report on Ohio Metro Economies

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Ohio Mayors Alliance today released a report on July 19, 2018 on the importance of Ohio city metro areas to the future growth of the Ohio economy.   The report highlights that in 2017, 83.5% of the State’s jobs and 86.1% of its wages were generated in Ohio’s 14 [...]

Mayors Civic Tech Pitch Applications Now Open for 86th Annual Meeting 

It's that time of the year. We're calling for all civic tech startups to apply today for a chance to join us when host our 3rd Mayors Civic Tech Pitch competition on Sunday, June 10 in Boston. The finalists round, live in Boston, will feature five startups who will pitch their idea to a panel of judges who can ask [...]

U.S. Mayors Lose a Friend and Architect of America’s Transportation Reform Movement

This week the nation’s mayors lost a very special friend, one who gave voice and example to what we all seek: places that are more connected, hospitable, and enduring. Hank Dittmar, an American first and an Oklahoman as well, was one of this nation’s premier transportation reformers whose personal leadership and vision helped all of [...]

By |2018-04-06T13:34:31-05:00April 6, 2018|Transportation and Communications, Updates|

City Resiliency Planning Takes Data Analytic Turn. Will It Make a Difference?

The parade of natural disasters in 2017, once again, proved that cities, with their expanding infrastructure and growing populations, continue to be vulnerable to acute impacts from drought, earthquakes, flooding, land subsidence, coastal hazards, and wildfire. Separately, any one of these natural forces can have a devastating impact on life, private property, city infrastructure, and [...]

By |2018-02-05T11:26:39-05:00February 5, 2018|Environment, Mayors Water Council, News, Updates|

Local Government Investment in Water and Sewer, 2000-2015

What investments will be needed to rebuild our national water and sewer infrastructure and provide services to a growing and shifting population and an expanding economy? By Richard F. Anderson, Ph.D. Introduction Will a new national infrastructure policy help or hurt city water and sewer services? What is the role of the Federal Government in [...]

By |2018-01-17T16:30:27-05:00January 10, 2018|Environment, Mayors Water Council, Updates|

Letter to the FCC Expressing Opposition to “Restoring Internet Freedom Draft Order”

December 7, 2017 Mr. Ajit Pai Chairman, Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20510 Re: Restoring Internet Freedom Draft Order (WC Docket No. 17-108) Dear Chairman Pai, We are writing to you on behalf of the National League of Cities and The United States Conference of Mayors to express our opposition to the recently-released “Restoring [...]

Bipartisan Brownfields Bill Overwhelmingly Passes House by a Vote of 409-8 USCM Recommendations Included in Final Bill

The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan, H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017, on November 30 by an impressive vote of 409-8. Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties whose redevelopment in hindered by real or perceived contamination. The Conference of Mayors worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in [...]

By |2017-12-01T13:28:25-05:00December 1, 2017|Brownfields, Environment, Updates|

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 [...]

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 |2017-08-22T09:39:11-05:00August 17, 2017|Hate, Extremism, and Bigotry, Letters, Updates|

Council on Metro Economies and the New American City Meets During 85th Annual Meeting

The Council on Metro Economies and the New American City convened at the 85th Annual Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach June 23 to hear from leading experts in the fields of economic development and inclusion. Council on Metro Economies and the New American City Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, chair of the Council, [...]

New Leadership Elected to the United States Conference of Mayors

On Monday, June 26, Nominating Committee Chair Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie delivered the committee's recommendations during the Business Session of the 85th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach. The committee's recommendations were unanimously adopted by the membership. The new top leadership is reflected as follows: President New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Vice President Columbia, SC [...]

By |2017-06-29T13:43:27-05:00June 29, 2017|85th Annual Meeting, Updates|

DollarWise Awards The City of Lexington with a $10,000 Innovation Grant to Integrate Financial Education Into ESL Programming

On Thursday, May 25th, The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign met with Mayor Jim Gray to award the City of Lexington a $10,000 2017 DollarWise Innovation Grant to support and expand financial education resources within the city's GLOBAL LEX program. Joining Mayor Gray was Lexington City Council Member Jennifer Scutchfield, Lexington City Council Member [...]

Mayors Buttigieg and Dupree Testify on Wastewater and Stormwater Costs Request to Congress – Pass Integrated Planning and Affordability Legislation

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg testified on behalf of The US Conference of Mayors and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree testified on behalf of the National League of Cities before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, on the high costs of Clean Water Act (CWA) mandates and the need to [...]

By |2017-05-22T22:52:39-05:00May 19, 2017|Environment, Mayors Water Council, Updates|

MLB Credits USCM Play Ball Program, Mayors In Baseball and Softball Becoming Most Participated Team Sport in the U.S.

At today’s quarterly Major League Baseball owners’ meeting, a report prepared by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association shows that with nearly 25 million participants, baseball and softball combined to rank as the most participated team sports in the United States. In commenting on the report, MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said, “No goal [...]

Extraordinary Measures Taken to Diversify Sustainable Water Supplies in Western Cities

  The Mayors Water Council convened their spring 2017 meeting in Santa Barbara, hosted by Mayor Helene Schneider on April 13-14, 2017. Mayor and Water Council Co-Chair Jill Techel led a diverse group of mayors, local and state elected officials and their representatives, staff from regional water control districts and national experts from industry in [...]

By |2017-05-08T13:52:47-05:00May 8, 2017|Environment, Mayors Water Council, Updates|

USCM Awards D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser DollarWise Innovation Grant

On Thursday, May 4th The DollarWise Campaign and the Bank of America Foundation joined Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for her annual "InnoMAYtion" event at Carnegie Library. The event highlighted the city's Aspire to Entrepreneurship program, which helps returning residents learn critical skills to start their own businesses after incarceration. The DollarWise Campaign awarded Washington, [...]

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 [...]