Task Forces

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+00:00 February 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+00:00 January 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+00:00 December 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 [...]

U.S. Conference of Mayors Sends Open Letter to Congress Urging Swift Passage of Bipartisan Dreamer Legislation

Washington, DC — Today, as many in Congress and around the nation express concern with the White House’s Sunday night proposal that would trade hard-line immigration policies for legislation to protect 800,000 young people who live in fear of being separated from the only home they know, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent an [...]

By | 2017-10-10T10:27:39+00:00 October 10, 2017|Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

American Mayors and Businesses: Building Partnerships for a Low-Carbon Future

American Mayors and Businesses: Building Partnerships for a Low-Carbon Future is a joint report by the United States Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (CC2ES). It was released during Climate Week NYC in September of 2017. Download The Report: American Mayors and Businesses: Building Partnerships for a Low-Carbon Future

By | 2017-10-05T12:30:15+00:00 September 17, 2017|Alliance for a Sustainable Future, Environment, Reports|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on District Court Decision in Chicago v. Sessions

Washington, DC—U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran issued the following statement on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’ decision in Chicago v. Sessions: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors applauds the District Court decision granting a nationwide injunction of troubling requirements the Justice Department placed on Byrne [...]

By | 2017-09-15T18:29:15+00:00 September 15, 2017|Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

Bipartisan Mayors to Trump: Protect Dreamers, Continue DACA Program

Mayors Garcetti, Elorza, Tait, Giles to Urge President to Continue DACA Program, Highlight Economic Contribution of DACA Recipients to Nation’s Economy Press Conference Call Today, Tuesday, August 29 at 12:00 pm ET Washington, D.C. — In response to reports that the Trump Administration may soon end a program that allows young undocumented immigrants who came to [...]

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran Urging President Trump to Continue DACA Program

Washington, D.C. –   U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “In response to credible rumors circulating that the Trump Administration may move quickly to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the U.S. Conference of Mayors [...]

By | 2017-08-25T10:32:40+00:00 August 25, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

Responding to Charlottesville, U.S. Conference of Mayors and ADL Join on Action Plan to Combat Hate, Extremism & Discrimination

More than 200 mayors pledge to vigorously fight bigotry, work to build tolerance in their cities  ‘Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry’ calls for fully-resourced law enforcement and civil rights investigations of domestic terrorism and hate crimes New York, NY/Washington, D.C., August 18, 2017 – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and The [...]

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Attack on Chicago Today

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Attack on Chicago Today: “It’s clear from his statement today that Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t understand what it means to run a city that welcomes immigrants.  He doesn’t understand the Constitutional [...]

By | 2017-08-16T16:18:46+00:00 August 16, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on Threat to CDBG in Senate Border Security Bill

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the threat to Community Development Block Grant funds in the Senate Border Security Bill -- Building America’s Trust Act: “The nation’s mayors strongly oppose a provision in the Building America’s Trust Act introduced in the Senate Thursday which would withhold Community [...]

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Urges Passage of Bipartisan Senate Dreamer Bill

Washington, D.C. – Leaders of The U.S. Conference of Mayors today registered support for bipartisan legislation enabling Dreamers – people who have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here – to earn lawful permanent residence and, eventually, American citizenship. In a letter to the bill's authors, Senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and Dick [...]

By | 2017-07-28T12:39:33+00:00 July 28, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

Elizabeth, NJ Mayor Chris Bollwage Applauds Passage Of  Bipartisan Brownfield Redevelopment Bill

Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Brownfields Task Force Chair Elizabeth (NJ) Mayor Christian J. Bollwage today released the following statement applauding passage of Brownfield Redevelopment legislation: “On behalf of the nation's Mayors, I commend members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for passing a bipartisan Brownfields Redevelopment bill that would reauthorize the very successful Environmental [...]

By | 2017-07-27T14:25:44+00:00 July 27, 2017|Brownfields, Press Room|

Bipartisan Mayors Call on Congress to Save Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Ahead of Congressional Markup

Mayors Urge House Committee to Keep Public Safety Program Funded at Least at White House-Proposed Levels COPS Program Vital to Public Safety of American Cities WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) called on Congressional appropriators to stave off cuts to the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) program and provide at least the [...]

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, [...]