The Nation's Mayors to Gather in Dallas This Summer: The United States Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Meeting: Friday, June 20 - Monday, June 23 - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

The Nation's Mayors to Gather in Dallas This Summer: The United States Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Meeting: Friday, June 20 - Monday, June 23

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SOURCE The U.S. Conference of Mayors

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (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 Hotel to discuss the economic health of the nation's cities, transportation, education, housing, help for returning Veterans and the minimum wage.  Mayors will release new economic data showing economic output and jobs numbers for each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas on Friday morning at the OMNI during an Opening Press Conference with USCM Leadership. 

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.  In addition, there will be two Special Sessions:  One on Sunday re Climate Protection with EPA Administrator McCarthy and Energy Secretary Moniz and the other on Monday re Sports, Race and Politics in America featuring NBA All-Time Leading Scorer and NY Times Best-Selling Author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sacramento Kings Principal Owner Vivek Ranadive, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Journalist, TV Host and Author Roland Martin, a current NBA Player/Coach TBA and USCM President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.  USCM is also pleased that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will address the general body, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will participate in a discussion on transportation, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will participate in a discussion on education/early learning and the minimum wage and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will bring greetings.

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.  Resolutions to be considered are available at www.usmayors.org

Meeting highlights include: 

Friday, June 20Opening Press Conference at 11 a.m.; 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 w/ Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Tacoma (WA) Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; Breakout Sessions Led by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock w/ James Shelton, U.S. Education Dep. Sec re My Brother's Keeper Initiative, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Green Bay (WI) Mayor James Schmitt, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Saturday, June 21 – Session on Building an Early Learning Nation w/ Education Sec. Arne Duncan, Jackie Bezos, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and USCM President Johnson; Citi Exec. V.P. for Global Public Affairs & fmr NYC Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler; Boston Mayor Martin Walsh; City Livability Awards for Innovation; Panel Discussion on Transportation with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson; National Anti-Bullying Initiative to be Announced; Special Session on Veterans' Services; Breakout Sessions Led by Newton (MA) Mayor Setti Warren, Gresham (OR) Mayor Shane Bemis, Pembroke Pines (FL) Mayor Frank Ortis, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Sunday, June 22Maria Shriver to Discuss The Shriver Report; Interactive Discussion on Climate Protection with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz, Bridgeport (CT) Mayor Bill Finch & mayors; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; 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, 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 and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Monday, June 23 – Special Session on Sports, Race and Politics featuring NBA All-Time Leading Scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sacramento Kings Principal Owner Vivek Ranadive, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Journalist, TV Host and Author Roland Martin, a current NBA Player/Coach TBA and USCM President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson; Google's Get Your Business Online City Challenge Awards; Business Session to Debate/Vote on Policy Resolutions by Conference General Body; Breakout Sessions Led by Jacksonville (FL) Mayor Alvin Brown, Oklahoma City (OK) Mayor Mick Cornett

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 in the Arts District #6 Room 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.

WHO: USCM Leadership and Host Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

WHAT: USCM 82nd Annual Meeting Opening Press Conference (New Economic Data to be Released)

WHEN: Friday, June 20th at 11 a.m. CT

WHERE: OMNI Dallas Hotel | Dallas Ballroom Foyer, Level Three | 555 Lamar St. | 214-744-6664

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 facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.

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