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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Consider Changes to the Way it Assesses Community Affordability and Compliance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of finalizing potential changes to the way they calculate and determine how much your city and citizens will be required to spend to comply with Clean Water Act (CWA) obligations that are legally enforceable. EPA was directed by Congress to review and consider revising the

By |2020-05-16T22:54:59-04:00May 16, 2020|Mayors Water Council|

Webinar: How Mayors Can Assist Small Business Recovery

About This Webinar The USCM Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force through its Partner America program is hosting a webinar featuring small business advocate and Forbes contributor, Lou Mosca, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of American Management Services. Lou has worked with hundreds of community-based businesses across the country since the

What Mayors and Their Residents Need to Know About COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

On March 27 the third federal stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (HR 748), became law. The bill gives millions of Americans the opportunity to receive one-time economic impact payments to assist them during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 30, the IRS and Treasury Department announced that payments would be

How the COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Bills Directly Affect Working Families

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been three stimulus bills passed through Congress that have become law to provide emergency assistance to impacted Americans. The first bill, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR 6074), became law on March 6 and included $8.3 billion in emergency funding. The second bill

NEW: More than 300 Mayors Join Bipartisan Request for $250 Billion Directed to Cities to Fight Coronavirus, Protect Families & Communities

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this week, the leadership of the United States Conference of Mayors sent an urgent request to lawmakers as they prepare the next phase of a federal response to the coronavirus outbreak. Now, 303 mayors from 48 states and the District of Columbia have signed onto the letter seeking $250 billion in

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

In Bipartisan Letter, Mayors Support House Leaders’ Infrastructure Framework

WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), led by President Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills, MI, pledged support for a House leaders’ infrastructure framework and offered assistance to help move the legislation forward this year. One week ago, three key House committee chairs released a comprehensive package of infrastructure investments and reforms,

NEW POLL: Climate Change, Gun Violence the Defining Issues for Young Voters

U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases Survey of Young Voters; Concerns Mirror Priorities of the US Conference of Mayors, Demonstrate Need for Youth Engagement Washington, D.C. – Today, at their 88th Winter Meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) released the results of a survey of voters aged 18-29, highlighting the concerns of younger Americans and underscoring

By |2020-01-25T12:01:49-05:00January 24, 2020|88th Winter Meeting (2020), News, Press Room, Youth Involvement|

Local Government Makes Record-High Investments in Public Water & Sewer Infrastructure

New Census Estimates Reveal Local Governments Invested a Record $125.5 Billion in Municipal Water and Sewer Infrastructure and Services in 2017 Washington, DC – Local government invested a record $125.5 billion in municipal water and sewer systems in 2017 according to the latest estimates released by the U.S. Census. The data demonstrates that local governments

By |2019-11-26T11:25:06-05:00November 26, 2019|Environment, Mayors Water Council, News, Press Room|

New Report: U.S. Metro Areas Continue to Drive Nation’s Economic Growth, Post Fifth Consecutive Year of Increase

For 18th year, U.S. Conference of Mayors releases annual report, forecasts growth of cities and metro regions   Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) released its 18th annual report and forecast on U.S. Metro Economies, showing that cities and metro regions continue to be the engines of U.S. economic growth. In 2018,

Over 250 Mayors Demand Action on Gun Violence

Last week, in the wake of the horrific attacks in El Paso and Dayton, more than 250 mayors – Republican and Democratic, from cities large and small, rural, urban and suburban – joined their colleagues in a letter urging immediate Senate action to address gun violence. The United State Conference of Mayors (USCM) has long

Mayors and Youth Leaders Gather in Los Angeles for First-Ever Summit

Tomorrow, mayors from across the country accompanied by young leaders from their communities will convene in Los Angeles for the first-ever Mayors National Youth Summit. Now more than ever, our current political and social climate make it clear that decisions made today will have serious implications on the next generation as they take up the

By |2019-07-25T19:02:07-04:00July 25, 2019|Updates, Youth Involvement|

North American Mayors Come Together to Tackle Shared Challenges

Mayors from across the United States and Canada are joining their colleagues in Mexico this weekend for a first of its kind summit of North American Mayors. More than 100 mayors from all three nations have come together to address the shared challenges that come with running cities in an increasingly global environment. Adding to

Condon Testifies on the Importance of Funding and Flexibilty for the Clean Water Act

Testifying on behalf of the Conference of Mayors, Spokane Mayor David Condon spoke about the importance of Wastewater Infrastructure funding and regulatory flexibility and described Spokane's experience with complying with the Clean Water Act. Condon (center) testified on March 7, 2019 before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment and

By |2019-04-23T16:54:17-04:00April 23, 2019|Environment, Mayors Water Council|

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

Integrated Planning Legislation Adopted by Congress

Cities Facing Costly Clean Water Act Mandates Can Use New Tool - May Bring Financial Relief! Congress passed the Integrated Planning bill in late 2018 legislative action; and, it potentially will have a direct financial impact on nearly every person who uses tap water, toilets, showers and other uses that end up in the sewer and wastewater treatment

By |2019-01-08T15:56:13-05:00January 8, 2019|Mayors Water Council|

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,

Local Government Investment in Public Water and Sewer Hits a Record $123.7 Billion in 2016

Long-term infrastructure investment commitment to clean water and sewer/stormwater management tops $1.99 Trillion from 1993 to 2016 By Rich Anderson Public spending on water and sewer/stormwater management continues to set new nominal dollar highs according to recently released local government Census data for 2016. Overall there was a 4 percent increase in spending from 2015

By |2018-10-23T19:55:46-04:00October 23, 2018|Mayors Water Council, News|

Youth Involvement Task Force 2018 Best Practices Report

During the U.S. Conference of Mayors Fall Leadership meeting, Youth Involvement Task Force Chair Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis released a Youth Involvement Best Practices Report to elevate the youth programing efforts of our nation's cities. The report details the results of the 2018 Youth Involvement Task Force Survey, which includes responses from 54 cities. In concert with

By |2018-12-04T13:52:50-05:00September 28, 2018|Reports, Youth Involvement|