WASHINGTON — More than 250 of the nation's mayors will convene for the 78th Winter Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors Jan. 20-22 here to discuss unemployment, transportation and other matters.
The nation's mayors will meet with the Obama administration and Congress to advocate for a national bipartisan political agenda that confronts the unemployment that still exists in Main Street America, the need for a federal/city partnership on climate protection and energy with block grants to cities producing green jobs, and a more balanced transportation bill next year that recognizes the necessity to modernize the current transportation system in order to daily move goods, services and people in our metro areas of the nation.
Highlighting the three-day session will be the release of a report on Wednesday, June 20 that forecasts the pace of the economic recovery and job growth in the nation's 363 individual metropolitan economies, where 85 percent of the people in this country live. The report will include projections of when each metro will reach their pre-recession job levels. Mayors will also visit the White House to meet with President Obama and his economic advisory and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Confirmed speakers for the meeting include Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, among others.
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