Immigration, Trade, Affordable Housing, Census, Jobs, and Climate Top Agenda
Friday, June 28 – Monday, July 1, 2019 | Hilton Hawaiian Village
FLINT, Mich. — Starting on June 28, Mayor Weaver will join more than 250 of the nation’s mayors in Honolulu for the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 87th Annual Meeting. Under the leadership of USCM President Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and host Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, 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. The Meeting, which will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, will run through Monday, July 1, 2019. It is the first time since 1963 that USCM has held its Annual Meeting in Honolulu.
“The US Conference of Mayors has been very supportive of Flint during our challenges and has made every effort to fully understand what occurred here in order to prevent it from happening anywhere else”, said Mayor Weaver. “They have once again agreed to take care of my travel accommodations and I look forward to speaking on two separate panels on Friday, one specifically on “Flint Water System Recovery”. The Fact that there is a whole panel dedicated to Flint should make it clear that we are still a part of the national conversation when it comes to water and infrastructure and that we are leading the way in the search for affordable, long-term and environmentally friendly solutions”.
Being able to come together with mayors from around the country to help find solutions for Flint is vital. Not only are we still part of the national conversation, but we are at the table in a way that we have never been at the table, helping to have a national impact. We are coming together, getting the work done and making major changes in and around our communities,” said Mayor Weaver.
With more than 85 percent of Americans living in U.S. metropolitan areas, mayors are on the front lines of today’s challenges and have consistently called on Washington to draw on mayoral expertise. During the Meeting, mayors from both sides of the aisle, from cities rural, urban and suburban, will hold sessions on a range of issues, including immigration, trade, affordable housing, the 2020 Census, jobs and climate.
“The Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors is a critical and important way for cities across the country to stay connected with one another. It’s a unique opportunity for mayors—whether Democrat, Republican or Independent—to roll up their sleeves, brainstorm about how to solve similar problems, and share best practices. As the gridlock and partisanship in Washington continues to escalate, mayors remain on the front lines working productively every day for the well-being of the people who live and work in their cities. There’s no better time for the nation’s mayors to come together to work on their shared priorities and build a brighter—more inclusive—future for all Americans,” said USCM President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin.