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The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Address: 1620 Eye Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 293-7330
Fax: (202) 293-2352
E-mail: jwelfley@usmayors.org
Web: http://www.usmayors.org/USCM/home.asp
About This Organization

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of the nation's 1,183 U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. The primary roles of the Conference of Mayors are to

  • Promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy.
  • Strengthen federal-city relationships.
  • Ensure that federal policy meets urban needs.
  • Provide mayors with leadership and management tools.
  • Create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.

The Conference has assumed historically a national leadership role, calling early attention to serious urban problems and pressing successfully for solutions.

J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director

James Garner, President

Organization History
In 1932, when 14 million people were unemployed, when lines stretched for blocks in front of soup kitchens, when homeowners were unable to pay taxes, when veterans were selling apples on street corners, the nation's cities were close to bankruptcy.

Responding to the appeals of mayors, Congress created a $300 million federal assistance program for cities; this marked the first time in the nation's history that federal relief was to be provided directly to cities. In a dramatic White House meeting, a committee of three prominent mayors persuaded President Herbert Hoover to sign this desperately needed municipal assistance bill. A few months later, on the eve of the inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt,  the charter of the Conference of Mayors was written.

Web Site Overview
Twice named a "Hot Site" by USA Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors' award-winning Web site -- usmayors.org -- offers easy access to all the latest information on the nation's mayors and the challenges facing our cities. Specific features include news, fact sheets, stories that highlight mayors, informative Webcasts, e-mail updates, best practices, election information and results, grant opportunities, publications, and our biweekly newspaper.

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