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Led by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Bipartisan Mayors to Craft Action Plans `Around Infrastructure, Healthcare, Tax Reform and Public Safety Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to Address Attendees August 10 – August 12, 2017

/EIN News/ -- 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. 


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 ( or Sara Durr (  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)



About The United States Conference of Mayors -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at



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Elena Temple
                    The U.S. Conference of Mayors
                    Sara Durr
                    Durr Communications

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