Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams have been elected as U.S. Conference of Mayors New USCM Advisory Board Members at the organization’s 87th annual meeting this week in Honolulu.
Rochester Hills, Minnisota, Mayor Bryan Barnett became the 77th President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in a gavel-passing ceremony on July 2, accepting the honor from outgoing USCM President Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, at the meeting. Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer was elected USCM Vice President, and Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley was elected USCM Second Vice President.
As part of the ceremony, Mayor Barnett delivered a keynote speech announcing his key priorities, which will focus on three central themes—Infrastructure, Innovation and Inclusion. This marks a continuation of a bipartisan platform that has served as the core commitment of the Conference over the last year.
In his keynote address, Mayor Barnett also announced "100 Mayors Who Care," an initiative that will provide an investment in a charitable organization of the participating mayors' choosing to improve the lives of the residents and cities in which USCM gathers for future meetings.
New USCM Trustees are as follows: Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr.; Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve; Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez; and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Trustees of the USCM, along with the top three officers and past presidents make up the Executive Committee of the organization.
Other advisory board members elected were: Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla; Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia; Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther; Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt; Fremont Mayor Lily Mei; Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs; Flint Mayor Karen Weaver; and Takoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. The Advisory Board functions in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee on all matters of policy and program.