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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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 [...]

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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 1, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Ben Barber: Dreamer – Doer – Founder of The Global Parliament of Mayors

Ben Barber died Monday. Many of you know him from his book If Mayors Ruled The World. He wrote 17 books, his latest, Cool Cities, was published a few days before his death. Noted academics heralded him as one of the world's greatest political theorists. Universities and academics and national governments awarded him the highest honors for [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:54:38+00:00 April 28, 2017|Updates|

Mayor Wahler Pushes Top Priorities During New Jersey Conference of Mayors

Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler addressed over 150 mayors at the 54th New Jersey Conference of Mayors on Thursday, April 27 in Atlantic City, NJ.  As Chair of the Membership standing committee for the United States Conference of Mayors, Wahler discussed key priorities that the New Jersey and USCM share: protecting tax-exempt municipal bonds, state and local [...]

By | 2017-04-27T17:17:40+00:00 April 27, 2017|Membership, News, Updates|

Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Urges FCC to Respect Local Rights

When USCM Second Vice President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin isn’t fighting to save our tax-exempt municipal bonds, he is a leader on communications issues in his capacity as the Transportation and Communications Committee Vice Chair for Communications. On Tuesday, April 25, he met with fellow South Carolinian and friend, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, as [...]

By | 2017-04-26T16:44:17+00:00 April 26, 2017|Transportation and Communications, Updates|

Senators McCain and Flake Introduce Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act

Senators John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R) on April 25 introduced S.930, the Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act, to require the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to establish a website containing detailed information about customer rates and agency expenditures. The bill would also require WAPA to produce an annual summary of rate and [...]

By | 2017-04-26T11:27:50+00:00 April 26, 2017|Energy, Updates|

Mayors, Chief Manger Discuss Immigration Issues with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

In an April 25 meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Conference Vice President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu stressed that the first priority for mayors and police chiefs is keeping America safe. He commented that police-community relations is an important part of accomplishing this and that every day local police are working with federal [...]

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 [...]

Homeland Security Leadership, Mayors Seek Clarity On Immigration Issues

Concluding a nearly two-hour April 24 meeting with top immigration leadership from the Department of Homeland Security, Conference Vice President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu discussed the need to find consistency and clarity around key issues among DHS, the Justice Department, and the White House. On those issues, he summarized that the mayors and [...]

By | 2017-04-25T13:39:09+00:00 April 25, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Updates|

Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer Receives GRO1000 Award

Mayor Ted Winterer and the City of Santa Monica are one of four cities receiving the 2017 GRO1000 Garden and Green Space Award. The three-year grant will fund the final stages of revitalization to Ishihara Park, a community greenspace designed to connect area residents to nature in an urban setting. The park transformed land formerly [...]

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 [...]