Immigration, Healthcare, the Federal Budget and National Economy, Climate Protection, Homeland Security and Community Development Block Grants Top Agenda
More than 250 of the nation’s mayors will meet in Miami Beach for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting, which runs from from June 23 to 26, 2017 at the Fountainebleau Hotel. Under the leadership of USCM President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and host Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, mayors will discuss a wide variety of priorities that contribute to the overall health of America’s cities, as well as consider and adopt the policy resolutions that guide the advocacy agenda of the organization.
Highlights of the four-day event include:
Friday – Session on Climate Protection & Resilience; Author Richard Florida re The New Urban Crisis; Criminal and Social Justice Committee with Acting Asst. Atty. Gen. Alan Hanson; Labor Sec. Acosta; Plenary Session on Infrastructure Investment w/ White House Infrastructure Advisor DJ Gribbin, Oklahoma City Mayor Cornett & Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti
Saturday – President’s Report from Oklahoma City Cornett; Forum on Reducing Gun Violence in Cities w/ National Urban League President & CEO Marc Morial; Mayors’ Joint Latino Alliance & Immigration Meeting led by Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and Providence Mayor Elorza
Sunday – Political strategist and pollster Frank Luntz; Panel on Securing America’s Cities w/ Former Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend, Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson, New Orleans Mayor Landrieu & Former Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey
Monday – Veterans Affairs Sec. Shulkin; Three-term Mayor of NYC Michael Bloomberg; President’s Report from New Orleans Mayor Landrieu
With more than 85% of people in the United States living in our nation’s cities and metro areas, mayors are convinced that despite their geographic location, cities large and small are plagued by many of the same challenges. As a result, and unlike other elected officials, mayors are often able to find common ground and work in a true spirit of bipartisanship.
USCM will also give cash awards totaling more than $1 million to cities showcasing stellar best-practices in the areas of climate protection, community development, and college & career-readiness training.