The United States Conference of Mayors, sometimes incorrectly referred to as the United States Council of Mayors, is the official non-partisan organization for cities with populations of 30,000 or more. The cities are each represented by their mayor or other chief elected official. The organization arose from the shadows of the Great Depression and coalesced under Herbert Hoover until its original charter was signed at the Mayflower Hotel on the eve of the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The organization sets policy as the collective voice of municipalities and their leaders. Committees and task forces develop policies that the entire body votes on before sending their resolutions to elected leaders in Washington. They also undertake studies on issues related to their special interests and fund grants and awards to incent execution of their ideals. The group has continuously evaluated the landscape of public policy and has current issues related to homeland security and economic recovery.
By standing as a unified voice through this organization, municipal leaders have influenced United States Presidents and United States Congresses to enact legislation that has provided a legacy of benefits to cities. Mayors received relief during the Great Depression and later lobbied during the 1970s for relief during that economic slowdown. Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs) are a legacy of the latter.
January 21, 2016
FACT SHEET: President Obama Hosts Over 250 Mayors to Strengthen Partnerships and Grow the Economy
President Obama today will host over 250 bipartisan Mayors at the White House during their annual U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. During their visit to the White House this evening, the President will thank the Mayors for their steadfast partnerships over the past seven years and will outline the Administration’s priorities for cities across the country in the year ahead. The convening will also focus on the economic progress that each city has made since the President took office.
Throughout the week, senior White House officials and members of the President’s Cabinet participated in plenary sessions and panel discussions on priority issues, including: trade, manufacturing, veteran homelessness, transportation, paid leave, climate change, affordable health care, workforce development, education, My Brother’s Keeper and immigration. Today at the White House, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and senior White House officials will interact with Mayors in a panel discussion on criminal justice reform.
This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors to discuss the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. In 2010, the Administration set the goal of preventing and ending homelessness among veterans. Through the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, launched in 2014 by First Lady Michelle Obama, more than 800 mayors and other state and local leaders across the country have committed to marshal federal, local, and non-profit efforts to end veteran homelessness in their communities.
Below are some of the ways Mayors are helping to make President Obama’s agenda a reality in cities across the country.
* Criminal Justice Reform and Community Policing: Providing a Second Chance and Building Collaborative Relations Between Law Enforcement And Communities
* Advanced Manufacturing and Tech Innovation: Paving The Way For Jobs And Skills Of The Future
* Trans-Pacific Partnership: Leveling The Playing Field For American Workers
* Education: Furthering The President’s Early Childhood and Community College Education Agenda
* Veterans Homelessness: Marshaling Efforts To End Homelessness For Our Veterans
* Minimum Wage and The Working Families Agenda: Expanding Opportunity For Middle Class Families
* Climate and Energy: Launching New Programs and Policies On Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
* Transportation and Infrastructure: Expanding Ladders of Opportunity Through Infrastructure
* Smart Cities: Launching The Metrolab Network and The Smart City Challenge
* Affordable Care Act: Opening Access To Quality, Affordable Health Care For All Americans
* My Brother’s Keeper: Expanding Opportunity For All Youth
* Immigration: Making Progress in Communities Across the Country
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First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks on ending Veteran homelessness at the 84th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors
Capital Hilton Hotel – Washington
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President Obama delivers remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors
The United States Conference of Mayors’ 84th Winter Meeting
January 20-22, 2016