Tampa Mayor Jane Castor Joins Nation's Mayors in Washington, DC for U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting

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Wednesday, January 22 – Friday, January 24, 2020 - Capital Hilton

 Starting on January 22, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor will join more than 270 of the nation’s mayors in Washington, DC for the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 88th Winter Meeting.  Under the leadership of USCM President Rochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, mayors will discuss a wide variety of priorities that contribute to the overall health of America’s cities.  The Meeting, which will be held at the Capital Hilton, will run through Friday, January 24, 2020 and bring together local and federal leaders to tackle the biggest issues affecting the American people.


“I always say, if you want to get things done then give it to a Mayor,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “Our cities are our country’s backbone and are leading the way on transportation, workforce development, affordable housing, streamlining permitting and cutting the red tape, and making critical investments in sustainability and resilience to combat climate change and sea-level rise. Those investments are not always sexy but they will ensure our cities remain vibrant for future generations, that is why our administration passed P.I.P.E.S. as one of our first accomplishments – the $2.9 billion water/wasterwater improvement and replacement plan. 


“I look forward to collaborating while at the conference to bring back ideas that are helping cities thrive and using those ideas to help transform Tampa’s tomorrow.”


With more than 85 percent of Americans living in U.S. metropolitan areas, mayors are on the frontlines of today’s challenges and have consistently called on Washington to draw on mayoral expertise.


During the Meeting, the bipartisan group will hold sessions on a range of issues, including gun violence prevention, climate change, immigration, youth engagement, affordable housing, the 2020 Census, economic mobility, and infrastructure.


“The Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors is an 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 Washington remains mired in gridlock, mayors continue to work 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,” said USCM President and Rochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan K. Barnett.


A draft agenda and list of pre-registered mayors are available here. Stay connected with all the news about USCM’s Annual Meeting by following @usmayors along with the hashtag #MayorsDC20.  For more information about the U.S. Conference of Mayors, see here.