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U.S. Conference of Mayors

March 09, 2016 11:08 ET

Conference of Mayors Delegation to Stand With Flint Mayor Weaver, Release Bipartisan Letter to Washington

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - March 09, 2016) - U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran and Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will stand in solidarity with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and the people of Flint on Thursday, March 10th at 1:00pm EST at Flint City Hall as she calls for federal and state assistance.

As the democratically elected Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver has the full faith and confidence of her colleagues from around the country. On their second visit to Flint, Cochran, Franklin, and a team of experts will provide support to Mayor Weaver as she implements her plan to recover Flint's infrastructure, public health, and economy.

Following their closed-door meetings, Mayor Weaver and the Conference of Mayors team will address the media at a City Hall press conference. At the press conference, Cochran will release a new bipartisan letter to Congress and the White House from the nation's mayors.

Flint (MI) Mayor Karen Weaver
Former Atlanta (GA) Mayor and National Water Investment Expert Shirley Franklin
U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 1:00pm EST

Mayor's Conference Room | Flint City Hall | 1101 S. Saginaw St. | Flint, MI 48502

NOTE: Reporters wishing to cover this event should RSVP to Sara Durr at -or- Kristin Moore at

The Flint water crisis has been a top priority for The U.S. Conference of Mayors since the Conference's January Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, where newly elected Flint Mayor Karen Weaver spoke about the challenges in her city. 

Immediately following the USCM Winter Meeting in January, Conference of Mayors President and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked that former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin -- a national expert on water investment -- and USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran co-lead a mission to Flint in early February. 

The Conference of Mayors also supported Mayor Weaver as she testified before Congress, and Mayor Weaver recently attended USCM's Winter Leadership Meeting where nearly 45 mayors stood in support of her efforts to solve a serious health crisis that has both short-term and long-term impacts for Flint residents. Video of USCM's Leadership Meeting and mayors' previous comments in support of Mayor Weaver can be found at:

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