About the Conference

About the Conference 2017-08-25T12:51:18+00:00

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,408 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett addresses the 84th Annual Meeting. CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran watches from behind.

The Conference holds its Winter Meeting each January in Washington, D.C. and an Annual Meeting each June in a different U.S. city. Additional meetings and events are held as directed by the Conference leadership.

Conference members speak with a united voice on organizational policies and goals. Mayors contribute to the development of national urban policy by serving on one or more of the conference’s standing committees. Conference policies and programs are developed and guided by an Executive Committee and Advisory Board, as well as the standing committees and task forces which are formed to meet changing needs.

During the Conference’s Annual Meeting in June, standing committees recommend policy positions they believe should be adopted by the organization. At this time, every member attending the annual meeting is given the opportunity to discuss and then vote on each policy resolution. Each city, represented by its mayor, casts one vote.

The policy positions adopted at the annual meeting collectively represent the views of the nation’s mayors and are distributed to the President of the United States and Congress.

In addition to the ongoing work of the Conference’s standing committees, mayors are organized into task forces to examine and act on issues that demand special attention such as civic innovation, exports, hunger and homelessness, and brownfields.

The primary roles of the conference are

History of the Conference

In 1932, 14 million people were unemployed, lines stretched for blocks in front of soup kitchens, homeowners were unable to pay taxes, veterans were selling apples on street corners, and the nation’s cities were close to bankruptcy. Responding to the appeals of mayors, Congress created a $300 million federal assistance program for cities, marking the first time in the nation’s history that federal relief was provided directly to cities. In a dramatic White House meeting, a committee of three prominent mayors convinced President Herbert Hoover to sign this desperately needed municipal assistance bill.

A few months later, on the eve of the inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the Mayflower Hotel just a few blocks from the White House, the charter of the Conference of Mayors was written.

Our Leadership

Mitch Landrieu

Mayor of New Orleans

President

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

Stephen K. Benjamin

Mayor of Columbia, SC

Vice President

Bryan K. Barnett

Mayor of Rochester Hills (MI)

Second Vice President

CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran

Tom Cochran

CEO and Executive Director

Ways to get involved

There are a number of ways that individuals can participate in the United States Conference of Mayors.

City Membership

The Conference is a dues-based organization. Cities with a population of 30,000 and larger are eligible for full membership. Cities under 30,000 may join as a service city.

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Business Council

The Mayors Business Council is the premier way for organizations to connect with and share their know-how with America’s cities.

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Affiliate Organizations

A number of affiliate organizations within the Conference of Mayors provide great opportunities to network and share information among peers in various civic disciplines.

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The voice of America’s Mayors in Washington, D.C.