85th Annual Meeting

June 23-26, 2017 in Miami Beach

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About the 85th Annual Meeting

The United States Conference of Mayors’ 85th Annual Meeting will take place June 23-26, 2017 in Miami Beach. It will be presided over by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and is hosted by Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine.



Unless otherwise noted, all plenary sessions, committee meetings, task force meetings, workshops and social events are open to all mayors and other officially-registered attendees.

Media Coverage

While the plenary sessions, committee meetings, task force meetings and workshops are all open to press registrants, please note all social/evening events are CLOSED to press registrants wishing to cover the meeting for their news agency.

Resolution and Committee Deadline

The deadline for submission of proposed resolutions by member mayors is May 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. This is the same deadline for standing committee membership changes. Members can submit resolutions and update committee memberships through our USCM Community website at community.usmayors.org.


Only member mayors of a standing committee are eligible to vote on resolutions before that standing committee. Mayors who wish to record a no vote during either a standing committee meeting or the business session should do so within the mobile app.

Charging Stations

Philips is pleased to provide charging stations for electronic devices during the 85th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach. The charging stations are located in the Philips Lounge, within the meeting registration area.

Mobile App

Download the official mobile app to view the agenda, proposed resolutions, attending mayors and more. You can find it at usmayors.org/app. Available on the App Store and Google Play.

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Host City Web Site

Draft Agenda

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

International Association of Fire Fighters FIRE OPS 101 Event
7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Miami Beach Fire Station #3, 5303 Collins Avenue

Watch the 2016 USCM FIRE OPS 101 Video.

Mayors and their staff attending the 85th Annual Conference of Mayors are invited to participate and learn what their Firefighters and Paramedics do every day protecting communities across the United States. The scenarios will include Live Fire, Search and Rescue, Vehicle Extrication, Cardiac Arrest Response and Beach/Surf Rescue. This opportunity is being organized by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the City of Miami Beach Fire Department.

Mayors and staff may participate in one or more of the following timeslots:

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This event is for mayors and their staff only and space is limited. Please register in advance using the IAFF event website, which provides details of the event and an easy online registration form.

(Transportation: Miami Beach Fire Station 3 is a short walk from the Fontainebleau, Hotel. Fire Department vans will be available to shuttle participating mayors and city staff.)

Orientation for New Mayors and New Members
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Mayors Water Council
9:00 a.m. – l0:00 a.m.

Council on Metro Economies and the New American City
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Membership Standing Committee
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Task Force Meetings
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Opening Press Conference
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Remarks by USCM Officers

Mayors Climate Protection Awards Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Walmart

2017 Mayors Climate Protection Awards Presentation

Miami Beach Rising Above: Our Story of Resilience

Mayor of Miami Beach

City Manager
Miami Beach

Assistant City Manager/Chief Resiliency Officer
Miami Beach

Assistant City Manager/Public Works Director
Miami Beach

City Engineer
Miami Beach

Women Mayors Leadership Alliance of The U.S. Conference of Mayors
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Policy Resolution Consideration)

Community Development and Housing
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Criminal and Social Justice
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Metro Economies
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Florida Mayors Reception (By Invitation Only)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Philips Lighting and Walgreen Co.

Mick Cornett
Mayor of Oklahoma City
President, The United States Conference of Mayors

Philip Levine
Mayor of Miami Beach
Host, 85th Annual Meeting

Florida Power & Light Presents: White Hot Night in Miami Beach, VIP Opening Party
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach Ocean Lawn & La Cote Lawn

Mayors are invited to enjoy the white-hot nights of Miami Beach, with a private poolside party at the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel!

Kick-off the Conference in style, poolside at one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach, Florida. The spectacular hotel represents a thrilling blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish modern luxury. A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Morris Lapidus’ emblematic curvilinear building sets a new standard for business and pleasure. The 22-acre oceanfront Miami Beach hotel features signature restaurants by award-winning chefs; two chic nightlife venues; a two-story spa, a virtually endless poolscape, miles of pristine beach and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities.

Even before it opened in 1954, Fontainebleau had a rich history shaped by the rapid expansion of the Miami Beach area and its popularity with celebrities. That same persona lingers on – and tonight, we celebrate with the very best of Miami Beach – music, fine cuisine, and entertainment to thrill and delight our nation’s leaders!  WELCOME TO MIAMI BEACH, MAYORS!

Suggested attire: All-white ensembles encouraged!

After Party: LIV MIAMI at the Fontainebleau
10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

With more than 18,000 square feet of striking architectural design and lavish decor, LIV sets the stage for the ultimate nightlife experience. A voyeuristic design throughout the nightclub gives guests a bird’s eye view of the celebrities, VIPs and Miami’s most beautiful crowd. LIV features VIP tables, private skyboxes, three full-service bars, and a lavish main dance floor.

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Task Force Meetings
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Mayor of Miami Beach, Host

President’s Report
Mayor of Oklahoma City
President, The United States Conference of Mayors

(Policy Resolution Consideration)

Children, Health and Human Services
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Jobs, Education, and the Workforce
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Transportation and Communications
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Annual Luncheon: A Celebration of City Livability
12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Sponsored by Waste Management, Inc.

Best Practice Forums
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Nominating Committee (Closed)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(Policy Resolution Consideration)

International Affairs
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment, and Sports
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Presents: The Welcome Aboard Party!
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Perez Art Museum Miami

Welcome to the cruising capital of the country, Mayors!  This evening, we invite you “shipboard” for a fabulous evening inspired by our exquisite Port of Miami cruising experiences.  This VIP party is hosted at Miami’s premier new visual art museum, a stunning example of Greater Miami world-class architecture – the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

Directly across the water from beautiful Miami Beach, the PAMM campus will be transformed by the most outstanding Latin music stars, straight out of Miami – with an evening of musical entertainment produced by none other than Grammy Award-winning legend, EMILIO ESTEFAN and presenting the Artist Advocacy Award to Mr. 305 himself, PITBULL, on behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Americans for the Arts.  And for the grand finale, the BROADWAY CAST OF GLORIA AND EMILIO ESTEFAN’S SMASH HIT, GET ON YOUR FEET, WILL PERFORM!

With a stunning fireworks display cascading behind these stellar performers, this is a Miami night you will not soon forget!

Suggested attire: Resort wear – suits optional!

After Party: Faena Penthouse
10:00 p.m. -12:00 a.m.

Faena is a worldwide brand, known for exceptional design, unparalleled luxury experiences – and now, the Miami Beach property opens her doors for a breathtaking evening in the private penthouse. Sweeping ocean views and a window into design by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin. Networking never looked so good…

Mayors and Business Leaders Plenary Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Herbalife Nutrition

Best Practice Forums
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Task Force Meetings
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Plenary Luncheon
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by AT&T

Task Force Meetings
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Executive Committee (Closed)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Task Force Meetings
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Community Leaders of America: Republican Mayors (Closed)
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

National Conference of Democratic Mayors (Closed)
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Carnival Corporation Presents: Fun for All Ultimate Beach Party
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ocean Drive

If anyone knows how to throw a beach party, we do!  Leave your business suits at home, and prepare to party in true Miami Beach style, with the sand between your toes…

Mayors, it is time to Get Down Tonight, with the Sunshine State’s very own, KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND!  This world-famous, feel-good band will have you rocking to the oldies with classic tunes and disco moves!  With a celebrity DJ and dancers, this evening will give you a taste of South Beach flavor.

Game on for this party!  Try a round of glow in the dark ping pong, neon beach volleyball, or simply recline in a cabana sipping on Coco Frio (don’t worry, we will translate!).

That’s the way… I like it!

Suggested attire: Flip Flops

Celebration Honoring Outgoing USCM President Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City and Incoming USCM President Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans
9:30 p.m. – Midnight
Fontainebleau Hotel
Sponsored by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP

Task Force Meetings
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Business Session
9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Debate and Adoption by Membership of Resolutions

Reported out by the Standing Committees

Vote on Nominating Committee Recommendations

Installation of Officers

Task Force Meetings
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Inaugural Luncheon Honoring the 75th President of the United States Conference of Mayors
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Philips Lighting and Uber Technologies, Inc.

Mayor of New Orleans
75th President the United States Conference of Mayors

Host City Workshops
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Presents: Havana Nights in Miami Beach
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Espańola Way

Step back in time to the most charming street in Miami Beach – Española Way – for a block party with a uniquely special sabor!

Inspired by the distinct charm and flavor of Old Havana, we welcome you to our own little corner of Cuban delights.  This evening we will close down the streets to showcase the old world architecture and cuisine of more than a dozen favorite local fine dining establishments – from Cuban cuisine to Spanish tapas, specialty Brazilian treats, and even gourmand sushi. Flamenco dancers will line the streets with strolling guitarists, and tango dancers will dance on every corner to celebrate the rich flavor of the Americas!

Dance the night away with an award-winning Cuban big band, and raise your glass to an unforgettable farewell party in Miami Beach!

Suggested attire: Guayaberas

After Party: 1 HOTEL South Beach
10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

At cloud level, 18 stories above the beach, the rooftop pool is the perfect grown-up retreat. Join us for the closing night farewell after party at 1 Hotel South Beach — the only Miami Beach oceanfront hotel with a rooftop pool and stunning panoramic views!

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