11 August 2017

Summer Leadership Meeting US Conference of Mayors

Source: Global NewsWire 10.08.2017

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Over 50 of the nation’s leading mayors will convene in New Orleans from August 10 - August 12, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Summer Leadership Meeting to outline policy proposals for some of the country’s greatest challenges, including the opioid epidemic, infrastructure investment, tax reform and more.
USCM President Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans will host a bipartisan coalition of mayors, including Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, OH; Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia, SC; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN; Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, GA; Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas, TX and Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC as well as business, law enforcement, infrastructure, labor and industry leaders. 
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Here also is a report on https://www.citylab.com/equity-inclusive 
How Mayors Can Drive Inclusive Growth
In the race to create innovation districts in low-income urban areas, city leaders play a key role.      
urban innovation, will be part of a broader agenda of re-enforcing local power in the face of uneven, if not uncertain, support from the federal government.
Over the past year, our two organizations—the USCM and the Brookings Institution—and the Project for Public Spaces have worked together to capture a new model of growth that is emerging in cities and the particular roles that mayors can play in supporting it.
At the June USCM meeting we released a handbook that offers concrete strategies for mayors to facilitate the rise of innovation districts.
Innovation districts are small geographic areas within cities where research universities, medical institutions, and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, accelerators, and incubators. They reflect profound market and demographic dynamics that are revaluing proximity, density, walkability, and accessibility—in other words, the natural strengths of cities.
Innovation districts offer enormous potential for innovative growth, as ideas hatched in universities are commercialized for the market by faculty, students, entrepreneurs, and mature companies. Given their location near low-income communities, innovation districts can also spur inclusive growth by intentionally including residents in employment opportunities and using increased tax revenues to provide needed services and enhance the affordability of housing
Mayors can play powerful roles in advancing these dynamic hubs of innovation.
One such role is mayor as convener. Mayors can use their soft power to pull together leaders of local institutions to find a set of common interests compelling enough to take a collective approach to innovative growth. The broad, citywide perspective of mayors allows them to see the big picture, drawing important connections between people, places, and ideas. It is this perspective that enables disparate local actors to see what’s possible and collaborate to compete.
Another role is mayor as champion. A mayor is often viewed as being at his or her best when declaring a vision of future prosperity that is grounded in evidence and conveyed with conviction and purpose.
A final role is mayor as catalyst. City governments have substantial regulatory and fiscal powers that can advance innovation districts. Many emerging districts in the United States lack the civic and physical spaces that enable the exchange of ideas and the continuous invention and deployment of products and technologies. Mayors can work with public, private, and civic leaders to change local zoning to increase a mixing of activities as well as to relax public space regulations to allow a greater range of activities and programs that stimulate innovation networks.
In today’s challenging fiscal, political, and economic environment, mayors can play a series of roles to advance the potential of their cities to grow quality jobs, create new economic opportunities for disadvantaged citizens, and generate much needed fiscal revenues. The good news is that a growing number of mayors in the United States are stepping up and leading in ways that can be adapted and adopted by others. As with so many other areas of domestic policy, mayors are uniquely qualified to advance innovative and inclusive growth simultaneously and help bridge the economic divisions in our country.
The Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will open the two-day event on Thursday evening with a discussion about the Future of Cities and the partnership between cities and states.
The mayors will hold a PRESS CONFERENCE on Friday, August 11 at 10:15 am.
A full list of events can be found below.
WHAT:                  USCM 2017 Summer Leadership Meeting
WHO:                     Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, USCM President; Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia, SC, USCM Vice President; Mayor Bryan Barnett of Rochester Hills, MI, USCM Second Vice President; Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas; Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, OH; Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence, RI; Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston; Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, IN; Mayor Richard Berry of Albuquerque; Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC; Mayor John Giles of Mesa, AZ; and more.
WHEN:                  Thursday, August 10, 2017- Saturday, August 12, 2017
WHERE:               Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA

  • The Thursday evening event and sessions on Friday are OPEN for media coverage. All other evening events and sessions are CLOSED to press.
  • All press MUST register to attend the meeting.
  • To register, please email Elena Temple (etemple@usmayors.org) or Sara Durr (sara@durrcommunications.com).  ONLY reporters with proper, up-to-date press credentials will be allowed access[JF1] .
  • Note: The Thursday evening event and Friday sessions will be live streamed[JF2] .

Time: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10: 15 am CDT
Location: Empire D, Level Two, Hyatt Hotel
Who: USCM Leadership and attending Mayors
Dinner & Discussion: The Future of Cities
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Featuring: USCM President Mitch Landrieu (NOLA), Mike Allen (Axios), Gov. Terry McAuliffe (VA), La June Montgomery Tabron (W.K. Kellogg Foundation), Marc Morial (National Urban League), Dr. Jeffrey Sachs (Sustainable Development Solutions Network), Jim Anderson (Bloomberg Philanthropies), Peter Scher (JP Morgan Chase & Co.)
Opening Remarks
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Featuring: USCM President Mitch Landrieu (NOLA), Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC), Mayor Bryan Barnett (Rochester Hills, MI), Tom Cochran (USCM), Michael Brown (RAI/Reynolds American)
Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in America’s Cities
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Featuring: USCM President Mitch Landrieu (NOLA), Mayor Nan Whaley (Dayton, OH), Joyce Linehan (Boston), Mike Podesio (Adapt Pharma), Dr. Josh Sharfstein (Johns Hopkins University)
Press Conference
10:15 a.m.
Creative Infrastructure Financing for America’s Cities
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Featuring: Mayor Kasim Reed (Atlanta, GA), Brent Booker (Building Trades Association), Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. (American Public Transportation Association), Norma Jean Mattei (American Society of Civil Engineers)
Equitable Development: Bridging the Divide between Urban & Rural Communities
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Featuring: Angela Glover Blackwell (Policy Link)
The Impact of Globalization and Technology on Cities’ Economic Growth and Workforce Preparedness  
2:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Featuring: Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN), Amy Liu (Brookings Institution), Deborah Elam (General Electric Company), Michael Chui (McKinsey & Company)
Working Session: Violence as a Public Health Threat
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Featuring: David Kennedy (City University of New York), Dr. Gary Slutkin (University of Illinois-Chicago), Michael Harrison (New Orleans Police Department)

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