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Community Development Daily: Spotlight on Santa Fe (NM) and St. Louis (MO)

As a part of National Community Development Week, the Conference of Mayors is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities.  Santa Fe, NM In 2009, the City of Santa Fe utilized CDBG funds to provide solar lights in three low/mod income Census tract parks:  Monica Lucero, Salvador [...]

Community Development Daily: Spotlight on New York (NY) and Cincinnati (OH)

As a part of National Community Development Week, the Conference of Mayors is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities.  Here are two more CDBG Works examples from New York City and the City of Cincinnati, both showing how CDBG dollars are revitalizing neighborhood housing and businesses [...]

Local Leaders Sound Alarm on Plan to Eliminate CDBG in FY ’18 Budget

Host Conference Call with Reporters During National Community Development Week  Washington, D.C. –  In the middle of Community Development Week (April 17-22), mayors and local leaders across the country today lifted their voices in support of the many accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and its ability to positively impact residents and transform communities. On [...]

By | 2017-04-19T18:05:41+00:00 April 19, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, News, Press Room|

Community Development Daily: Spotlight on Rochester (NY) and Bremerton (WA)

As a part of National Community Development Week, the Conference of Mayors is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities.  Cities fund a variety of CDBG projects, ranging from housing to economic development to essential public services. Below are two CDBG WORKS projects from Rochester, NY and [...]

By | 2017-04-19T09:50:44+00:00 April 19, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Local Leaders Sound Alarm on Plan to Eliminate Community Development Block Grant Funding

Host Conference Call with Reporters During National Community Development Week:   Wednesday, April 19th at 11:30 am ET  Washington, D.C. –  During National Community Development Week, which runs from April 17-21 and highlights the accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, mayors and local leaders will host a national press conference call on Wednesday, [...]

Community Development Daily: Spotlight on Oklahoma City and Madison

As a part of National Community Development Week, the Conference of Mayors will be sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation's cities.  Nearly 90 cities have already responded to our CDBG Works survey with examples of successful CDBG projects. If you have not already done so, click here to [...]

By | 2017-04-18T14:02:11+00:00 April 18, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

National Community Development Week Filled With Activities Underway

National Community Development Week 2107 begins today with cities, counties, and states sponsoring activities that will highlight both the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the HOME Investment Partnerships program. This year’s celebration is more important than ever as it will be a significant response to the Administration’s proposed elimination of both programs in [...]

By | 2017-04-17T16:02:42+00:00 April 17, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Mayors Meet in St. Louis to Explore Innovation Districts

The United States Conference of Mayors sponsored a delegation of mayors in St. Louis last week, April 11-12, to explore key components in the development of technology innovation districts. Outgoing St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and officials from the T-Rex incubator and Cortex innovation district hosted the mayors, who were led by Louisville Mayor Greg [...]

Alexandria (VA) Mayor Allison Silberberg to Highlight Success of VITA and Free File

EASY, NO COST WAYS TO SAVE MONEY AT TAX TIME Free programs help low and middle-income residents file their taxes, claim all benefits and deductions to maximize their refund Washington, DC –  In conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as the tax season comes to a close, Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg will meet [...]

By | 2017-04-13T16:16:47+00:00 April 13, 2017|Media Advisories|

Mayors Send Letter to President Trump in Support of U.S. Response to Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attack

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter today to President Donald J. Trump to express support for the recent air strikes on a Syrian airbase.  The letter was signed by USCM President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Vice President New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, USCM Second Vice President Columbia Mayor [...]

By | 2017-04-08T16:28:19+00:00 April 8, 2017|International Affairs, Press Room|

U.S. Mayors Issue Bipartisan Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  Washington, D.C. -- Through the U.S Conference of Mayors, 101 mayors from 33 states are jointly calling on Congress to fix the nation’s broken immigration system by passing bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  From cities large and small, the mayors have signed a bipartisan letter urging members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to enact comprehensive immigration reform that would: Strengthen our borders while [...]

U.S. Mayors to Host Gathering of Professional Sports Alliance

  Frisco, TX | April 6-8, 2017 Washington, D.C. – Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and host Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, the Mayors Professional Sports Alliance will host a meeting in Frisco, Texas from April 6-8 to highlight the city’s successful efforts to position itself as [...]

Testimony by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on FAST Act Implementation: State and Local Perspectives

Statement of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on behalf of The United States Conference of Mayors before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing on “FAST Act Implementation: State and Local Perspectives” April 5, 2017   Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Holmes Norton and Members of the Subcommittee, I am Kasim Reed, Mayor [...]

By | 2017-04-04T14:10:40+00:00 April 5, 2017|Testimony, Transportation and Communications|

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to Testify on the ‘FAST’ Act

Washington, D.C. – On behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will testify before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing on Tuesday, April 4th at 10 a.m. ET during a hearing titled ‘Fixing America’s Surface Transportation’ (FAST) Act Implementation:  State and Local Perspectives.’ Mayor Reed, who Chairs the Conference’s [...]

Mayors Bollwage and Panto Provide Initial Comments on Draft Legislation, Testify on Brownfileds Reauthorization

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage testified for the second time in two weeks regarding the importance of reauthorizing the brownfields law and providing initial comments on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s draft legislation. Mayor Bollwage testified on behalf of the Conference of Mayors while another USCM member, Easton (PA) Mayor Sal Panto testified on behalf of [...]

By | 2017-04-04T16:37:33+00:00 April 4, 2017|Brownfields, Environment, News, Updates|

House Appropriations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Job Training Funding

On Tuesday, April 4, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled “Examining Federal Support for Job Training Programs.” Witnesses for the hearing included: University of Maryland School of Public Policy Professor and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Douglas J. Besharov; Urban Institute Fellow Dr. Demetra Smith [...]

By | 2017-04-04T13:21:30+00:00 April 4, 2017|Jobs Education and the Workforce, News, Updates|

National Community Development Week is Coming Up April 17-22

From April 17 – 22, cities, counties, and states will celebrate National Community Development Week.  National Community Development Week is designed to draw attention to the accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This annual event started in 1986, and now in its 31st year, regularly has hundreds of communities participating each year. [...]

By | 2017-04-04T16:30:30+00:00 April 3, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Updates|

Elizabeth (NJ) Mayor Chris Bollwage to Testify on Brownfields Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. – On behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Elizabeth, New Jersey Mayor Chris Bollwage will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment on Tuesday, April 4th at 10 a.m. ET during a hearing on Brownfields Reauthorization. Mayor Bollwage, who testified last week before the House Transportation and Infrastructure [...]

By | 2017-04-03T12:04:49+00:00 April 3, 2017|Environment, Media Advisories|

Testimony of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage on “Discussion Draft: Brownfields Reauthorization”

Testimony of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage for The U.S. Conference of Mayors Before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment on “Discussion Draft: Brownfields Reauthorization” INTRODUCTION My name is Chris Bollwage, I am the Mayor of Elizabeth, NJ and have served as Mayor since 1993. I’m a Trustee for The U.S. Conference of Mayors and I have [...]

By | 2017-04-04T10:31:19+00:00 April 3, 2017|Energy, Environment, Testimony|

53 Organizations Join Together To Maintain Tax-Exempt Status of Municipal Bonds

In a letter dated March 29, 53 organizations joined together to urge congressional leaders to maintain the tax-exemption of municipal bonds as they consider tax reform legislation. The United States Conference of Mayors and other organizations signing the letter explained that for over 100 years, tax-exempt municipal bonds have been used to finance the vast [...]

By | 2017-04-03T13:59:30+00:00 March 31, 2017|Metro Economies, Updates|