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U.S. Conference of Mayors & NYU Launch the Mayors Leadership Institute on Smart Cities

Washington, DC—In the face of rapidly changing technologies that could potentially accelerate progress for American cities, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) in collaboration with the New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, has launched the Mayors Leadership Institute on Smart Cities (SCI). The goal of the Institute is to [...]

By |2018-12-06T09:05:06+00:00December 6, 2018|News, Press Room|

Renewable Energy Transition – Measuring Progress

The Conference of Mayors adopted clean air policies in 2017 and 2018 to support cities transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy and success depends on developing enough renewable power production capacity and renewable energy generation. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that renewables provided 17% of electricity generation in 2016: 20% from nuclear and 63% [...]

By |2018-12-03T12:23:20+00:00December 3, 2018|Energy|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the passing of President George H.W. Bush: “While we mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush, we celebrate and honor his extraordinary service to our country.  His longstanding commitment to the nation—including his military service in [...]

By |2018-12-01T17:48:34+00:00December 1, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Leads Delegation to Attend Inauguration of Mexican President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Washington, DC—Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, the U.S. Conference of Mayors will attend the inauguration of Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  The bipartisan delegation includes mayors from across the United States, who were invited by President-elect Obrador, the former [...]

By |2018-11-30T12:19:03+00:00November 30, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Register Bipartisan Support for First Step Act of 2018; Urge Swift Passage

Washington, DC—Today, United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin sent a letter to Senator Lindsey Graham to register the strong bipartisan support of the nation’s mayors for the First Step Act of 2018 (S.3649).  A text of the letter can be found below. "This proposed legislation, of which Senator Graham is [...]

By |2018-11-26T19:34:34+00:00November 26, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on last night’s shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA: “Once again, we’ve seen that senseless mass shootings can occur anywhere and anytime.  As a result of last night’s shooting in a bar in Thousand Oaks, CA, 12 people are dead, [...]

By |2018-11-08T12:42:25+00:00November 8, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Mid-Term Elections

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on last night’s mid-term elections: “Last night, we witnessed democracy at work as Americans from coast to coast went to the polls to cast their ballots. The incredible voter turnout, particularly with young people, is inspiring and serves as [...]

By |2018-11-07T11:37:25+00:00November 7, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Motion Filed with the FCC by U.S. Cities and the National Local Government Organizations to Stay the Effective Date of its Order Preempting Local Authority    

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the Conference of Mayors joining with cities and other local government interests across the nation in requesting the FCC to stay the effective date of its recent order substantially preempting local authority over the installation of small cell [...]

By |2018-11-01T17:02:47+00:00November 1, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in Support of #ShowUpForShabbat

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in support of #ShowUpForShabbat: "The U.S. Conference of Mayors stands with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in encouraging members of Jewish communities, mayors and elected officials, civic leaders, and others to attend Sabbath services at local synagogues this Friday [...]

By |2018-10-31T11:02:17+00:00October 31, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh: “The horrific, anti-Semitic attack on worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday breaks our hearts. The Anti- Defamation League believes this to be the [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:49:06+00:00October 28, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Bombs Sent to Prominent Persons

Washington, DC—Below is a joint statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the bombs sent to prominent persons this week: “Violence has no place in our political discourse.  America’s mayors condemn the mailing of pipe bombs to former Presidents and other [...]

By |2018-10-25T20:18:36+00:00October 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on City of San Jose et. al. vs. FCC Petition for Review

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on two Petitions for Review filed by the City of San Jose, California and twenty other western U.S. cities and Los Angeles County in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the constitutionality and legality of a recent FCC [...]

By |2018-10-25T11:32:56+00:00October 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

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+00:00October 23, 2018|Mayors Water Council, News|

U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Elected to Executive Committee of Global Parliament of Mayors

Bristol, England—Today, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin was elected to the Executive Committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM).  Unlike any other urban network, the GPM is the first, and only, international organization exclusively for mayors. Founded in 2016, the GPM serves as an unprecedented platform for municipal [...]

By |2018-10-23T08:32:52+00:00October 23, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Delegation of Mayors to Attend Global Parliament of Mayors in Bristol, UK

Mayors from Around the World Gather for International Summit to Discuss Migration, Urban Security and Public Health October 21 – 23, 2018 Washington, DC—Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, a delegation of mayors including USCM Vice President Rochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan Barnett, Dayton (OH) Mayor [...]

By |2018-10-22T06:52:05+00:00October 22, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases New Report on How Competitive Bidding Can Help Nation’s Troubled Water Infrastructure

Report Shows Cities Could Save Billions of Dollars Over Next Decade on Replacing Aging Pipes Washington, DC—As the nation’s aging infrastructure continues to threaten water systems as well as the country’s health and economic vitality, a new report released today by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) shows how cities could potentially save billions of [...]

By |2018-10-12T10:04:58+00:00October 12, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on today’s passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018: “The nation’s Mayors applaud Congress’s bipartisan efforts to pass America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, a bill that addresses the pressing needs of the country’s water infrastructure. “The bill [...]

By |2018-10-10T16:59:29+00:00October 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors to DHS Secretary Nielsen: Don’t Punish Immigrants with New Public Charge Rules

Updated October 15, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC —  Today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter signed by 93 bipartisan mayors from 29 states and the District of Columbia to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling on her to drop the proposed expansion of the “public charge” rule. In the letter, the mayors state, [...]

By |2018-10-16T15:05:09+00:00October 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Meet in Flint, MI to Discuss Urgent Need to Update Water Infrastructure

Press Conference on Friday, October 12 at 10:15 am EDT Washington, DC—As the nation’s aging infrastructure continues to threaten water systems and the health and economic vitality of cities across the country, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), under the leadership of Conference President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, will convene USCM’s Water Council in [...]

By |2018-10-10T11:24:18+00:00October 10, 2018|Media Advisories, News|