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About the Forum

In partnership between the United States Conference of Mayors and Accelerator for America Action, the Local America Presidential Forum will connect the wide-ranging federal issues on debate stages to the local implementation and impacts mayors and voters see and feel directly in their communities. Mayors are on the front lines of serving voters and the discussion with candidates will focus on how federal policies will drive local economies in hometowns across America.

Doors Open at 3:30 p.m. Program begins at 4:30 p.m.

Confirmed Participants

Cory Booker

U.S. Senator (NJ)

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor of South Bend

Julián Castro

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator (MN)

Tom Steyer


The Local America forum, welcomed to Waterloo by Mayor Quentin Hart, is hosted by Accelerator for America and the United States Conference of Mayors, and is sponsored by the Iowa Starting Line and Mediacom.

Our Vision for America

As the 2020 election puts our nation’s priorities into focus, America’s mayors call for all presidential and congressional candidates to recognize the important role cities play in shaping America’s future. Learn more about our plan.