Tuesday January 24, 2006
Homeland security and disaster recovery head agenda at U.S. Conference of Mayors
Mayor Jerry Abramson will join more than 200 of the nation’s mayors in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss key issues and challenges affecting America’s cities.
Issues topping the agenda at the 74th Winter Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) include homeland security and public safety, disaster preparedness, poverty, community development block grants, telecommunications, education and the environment.
"This is an opportunity for mayors to learn best practices from cities across the country and to focus on how, collectively, we can work with Washington for the benefit of our hometowns," said Abramson, who previously served as USCM president and received the conference’s Distinguished Public Service Award, which has been given to just 13 others in 50 years.
In addition to Abramson, confirmed conference participants include Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.), Sen. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.), Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.), Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.), U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alfonso Jackson, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, Biloxi (Miss.) Mayor A.J. Holloway, Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.
During the conference, Abramson also will accept an award for Louisville’s recent campaign to promote recycling. USCM selected Louisville’s "Can-Tucky Derby" as the most innovative recycling education and marketing campaign among cities with more than 250,000 residents.
The conference takes place Jan. 25-27. USCM is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today.