Come inspire us and be inspired. Help shape policies that benefit your city, and every city across this great country. We have a lot to do, and we can’t do it all without you. That’s why we sincerely hope you’ll become a part of The United States Conference of Mayors. In fact, we can’t wait to have you on board.

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Still have questions? Want to learn more about become a member? Read on.

A little about us, which is really all about you, and the city you serve.

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

The United States Conference of Mayors was born out of the Great Depression. It was in 1932 that Detroit Mayor Frank Murphy invited the nation’s mayors to his city to confront common problems caused by this dark time in our history. Twenty-nine mayors gathered and, together, they called for Congress to provide relief, which Congress and the White House passed. That first meeting galvanized the mayors to formalize their conference, and in February 1933 they did so in Washington, D.C.

As it is today, the Conference continues to be a leading voice of cities in our nation’s capital.

Throughout our history, it is the nation’s mayors where people look to for leadership. We were early leaders in the civil rights movement, so much so, that John F. Kennedy introduced the pillars of the Civil Rights Act at our Annual Meeting, shortly before he was assassinated. When the U.S. withdrew from the Kyoto Protocols, we organized mayors as among the first to call for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to pre-1990 levels.

There are numerous other Conference milestones such as these, but it’s where we are today, and going tomorrow, that matters most. The Conference is a strong forum for you—and all mayors—to advocate for the needs of your citizens and government. It’s where you can share ideas with other mayors, and learn about the best being implemented to help move our country forward. 

Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about the Conference is that we are a completely non-partisan organization in a city where partisanship and gridlock dominate more than ever. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents come together to get things done. Mayors of large cities, small cities, center cities, and suburbs work side-by-side to solve, improve, create, and cause positive change.

The opportunity to create real opportunities for your city.

Key Reasons You Should Join

Advocacy

Adopt policies that impact your city, and every city.

You’ll have an opportunity to serve on one of our Standing Committees, and become part of a task force on specific issues. This means you’ll work together with other mayors to adopt policies that give every city a voice. It allows you to examine and act on issues that demand special attention, such as Immigration Reform, Automation, Infrastructure, and Youth Involvement.

Best Practices and Awards

Opportunities to share, learn and earn.

Your city will be invited to share best practices on how you tackled challenges in a variety of issue areas. These are collected and showcased in various reports, surveys, forums, and on our website. In addition, our awards program makes more than $1 million dollars in grants available. These grants are awarded to the most creative and innovative solutions you and your teams are developing to solve our cities’ challenges.

Promote Your City

Showcase what makes your city special.

As a Conference member, you can help tell your city’s story. Public events, such as Play Ball give you attention, and serve as an example for others. In addition, the Conference uses social media and the press to promote the great things you are doing in your city.

Business Connections and Economic Development

Foster your city’s economic growth.

Through the Mayors Business Council, you can work together with the nation’s business leaders to provide opportunities for your city and local businesses.

The Conference’s Council on Metro Economies, and the New American City helps our members better understand growth trends. Further, this showcases the competitiveness of our local economies.

Networking Opportunities

Dialogue with other mayors on issues affecting your city.

Serving as mayor is like no other job in the world. Only at the Conference can you connect, network, and share with other mayors, who can appreciate the challenges that come with being the chief executive of a city. Building camaraderie and bonding with your colleagues not only helps you learn how to be a better mayor, it helps build lasting friendships. The Conference provides opportunities to dialogue with mayors on issues affecting your city.

Mayors say the darndest things. What are they saying about us?

“There are no small city ideas – bring them to a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting… it will magnify and amplify into something really extraordinary for a city… no matter what the size. It’s a chance to get out of your city, and meet different kinds of people; to grow as a human being and be a better mayor back home.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, West Sacramento

“What I’ve tried to do with relationships with other mayors is to bring ideas back to my community… something tangible for the residents… to implement programs that both save money in my city budget and improve services.”

Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, Rochester Hills, MI

“As mayor, you are always trying to find every dollar and every dime to make programs work… I was blown away by the grants that we have access to. Having those kinds of opportunities can really change the dynamic of a program.”

Mayor Hillary Schieve, Reno

“The great thing about this organization is you see cities from all the different spectrums—large, small, different parts of the country… there’s a lot to learn and there’s a lot to teach. Show up… because we have a much stronger voice together.”

Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami

“I was elected in November 2015… and in December I declared a state of emergency. I come from a strong mayor form of government and an emergency manager had taken over – so we didn’t have a voice and to have the Conference of Mayors come and stand with me was quite unique. I didn’t have to reach out… The U.S. Conference of Mayors saw one of their fellow mayors in trouble; a city in crisis”

Mayor Karen Weaver, Flint

“Walkability was never a word in my vocabulary before I attended the United States Conference of Mayors, Mayors Institute of City Design (MICD) but now I probably talk about it at least once every day…”

Mayor Marian Orr, Cheyenne

“Back home, you’re the only mayor… and at the Conference of Mayors you have two, three, four hundred peers… when you have an issue that you’re dealing with back at home – and you have nobody else to call – mayors will be there to support you and give you guidance.”

Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Plano

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