WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Under the leadership of USCM President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and host Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, more than 200 of the nation's mayors from cities large and small will convene in Dallas at the OMNI Dallas Hotel to urge Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to spur job creation and economic growth in America's cities and metropolitan areas, many of which are still plagued with high unemployment.
While in Dallas, during the meeting, mayors from all over the country will come together to discuss public policy issues impacting residents in cities large and small. The economic health of the nation's cities, transportation, education, climate change, housing, help for returning Veterans, the minimum wage and Sports & Race top this year's agenda. Mayors will release new economic data showing economic output and jobs numbers for each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas. Mayors will also hear from several guest speakers including Maria Shriver who will discuss The Shriver Report, and what mayors can do to address the 1 in 3 American women living on the brink of poverty.
On the final day of the meeting, the mayors will debate and vote on policy resolutions to forward to Congress and the Administration in the hopes of shaping federal legislation. Approved resolutions will be available at www.usmayors.org following the meeting.
Meeting highlights include:
Friday, June 20 – Welcome from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; USCM President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's Inaugural Address; Climate Protection Awards for Winning Cities; Women's Mayors Meeting; Special Session on Education Excellence; Breakout Sessions Led by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Saturday, June 21 – Session on Building an Early Learning Nation with Education Sec. Arne Duncan, Jackie Bezos, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and USCM President Johnson; Citi Exec. V.P. for Global Public Affairs & NYC Former Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler; Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; City Livability Awards for Innovation; Special Session on Transportation with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; National Anti-Bullying Initiative to be Announced; Special Session on Veterans' Services; Breakout Sessions Led by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Newton (MA) Mayor Setti Warren, Gresham (OR) Mayor Shane Bemis, Pembroke Pines (FL) Mayor Frank Ortis and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
Sunday, June 22 – Maria Shriver to Discuss The Shriver Report; Interactive Discussion on Climate Protection with Mayors; Breakout Sessions Led by Kansas City (MO) Mayor Sly James & Burnsville, (MN) Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin & Dubuque (IA) Mayor Roy Buol, Fresno (CA) Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Madison (WI) Mayor Paul Soglin, Lansing (MI) Mayor Virg Bernero, Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton & Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Rochester (MN) Mayor Ardell Brede & Sumter (SC) Mayor Joseph McElveen, Laredo (TX) Mayor Raul Salinas & Anaheim (CA) Mayor Tom Tait, Carmel (IN) Mayor Jim Brainard & Bridgeport (CT) Mayor Bill Finch
Monday, June 23 – Special Session on Sports and Race; Business Session to Debate/Vote on Policy Resolutions by Conference General Body; Breakout Session Led by Jacksonville (FL) Mayor Alvin Brown
All business sessions are OPEN to the press unless otherwise indicated (EVENING EVENTS ARE CLOSED). All press MUST register to attend the meeting at http://www.usmayors.org/82ndAnnualMeeting/press_registration.asp. A DRAFT AGENDA and list of PRE-REGISTERED MAYORS are available at www.usmayors.org. On-site registration will also be available with the proper press credentials at the Omni Dallas Hotel at 555 Lamar St. during the meeting.
The Conference is proud to announce that Citi is the title sponsor for this year's annual meeting in Dallas. Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
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