Updates

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 [...]

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 [...]

Community Development Daily: Spotlight on Rochester (NY) and Bremerton (WA)

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.  Cities fund a variety of CDBG projects, ranging from housing to economic development to essential public services. Below are two CDBG WORKS projects from Rochester, NY and [...]

By | 2017-04-19T09:50:44+00:00 April 19, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Community Development Daily: Spotlight on Oklahoma City and Madison

As a part of National Community Development Week, the Conference of Mayors will be sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation's cities.  Nearly 90 cities have already responded to our CDBG Works survey with examples of successful CDBG projects. If you have not already done so, click here to [...]

By | 2017-04-18T14:02:11+00:00 April 18, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

National Community Development Week Filled With Activities Underway

National Community Development Week 2107 begins today with cities, counties, and states sponsoring activities that will highlight both the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the HOME Investment Partnerships program. This year’s celebration is more important than ever as it will be a significant response to the Administration’s proposed elimination of both programs in [...]

By | 2017-04-17T16:02:42+00:00 April 17, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Mayors Meet in St. Louis to Explore Innovation Districts

The United States Conference of Mayors sponsored a delegation of mayors in St. Louis last week, April 11-12, to explore key components in the development of technology innovation districts. Outgoing St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and officials from the T-Rex incubator and Cortex innovation district hosted the mayors, who were led by Louisville Mayor Greg [...]

Mayors Bollwage and Panto Provide Initial Comments on Draft Legislation, Testify on Brownfileds Reauthorization

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage testified for the second time in two weeks regarding the importance of reauthorizing the brownfields law and providing initial comments on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s draft legislation. Mayor Bollwage testified on behalf of the Conference of Mayors while another USCM member, Easton (PA) Mayor Sal Panto testified on behalf of [...]

By | 2017-04-04T16:37:33+00:00 April 4, 2017|Brownfields, Environment, News, Updates|

House Appropriations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Job Training Funding

On Tuesday, April 4, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled “Examining Federal Support for Job Training Programs.” Witnesses for the hearing included: University of Maryland School of Public Policy Professor and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Douglas J. Besharov; Urban Institute Fellow Dr. Demetra Smith [...]

By | 2017-04-04T13:21:30+00:00 April 4, 2017|Jobs Education and the Workforce, News, Updates|

National Community Development Week is Coming Up April 17-22

From April 17 – 22, cities, counties, and states will celebrate National Community Development Week.  National Community Development Week is designed to draw attention to the accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This annual event started in 1986, and now in its 31st year, regularly has hundreds of communities participating each year. [...]

By | 2017-04-04T16:30:30+00:00 April 3, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

53 Organizations Join Together To Maintain Tax-Exempt Status of Municipal Bonds

In a letter dated March 29, 53 organizations joined together to urge congressional leaders to maintain the tax-exemption of municipal bonds as they consider tax reform legislation. The United States Conference of Mayors and other organizations signing the letter explained that for over 100 years, tax-exempt municipal bonds have been used to finance the vast [...]

By | 2017-04-03T13:59:30+00:00 March 31, 2017|Metro Economies, Updates|

Mayors, Police Chiefs Meet with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

The leadership of the United States Conference of Mayors, Major Cities Chiefs Association and Police Executive Research Forum met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on March 29 in Washington, D.C. to discuss the President’s January 25 interior enforcement Executive Order.  They requested the meeting shortly after the President signed the Executive Order. [...]

Mayors Testify Today on Environmental Priorities, Push for Brownfields and Integrated Planning Legislation

Conference of Mayors Brownfields Chair Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and Rialto (CA) Mayor Deborah Robertson testified on March 28, regarding Conference of Mayors environmental priorities. Mayors Bollwage and Robertson testified on reauthorizing the brownfields law on the House side while Mayor Gray encouraged the Senate to pass new legislation that [...]

By | 2017-03-28T16:03:20+00:00 March 28, 2017|Environment, Mayors Water Council, Updates|