SOURCE: U.S. Conference of Mayors

U.S. Conference of Mayors

June 22, 2016 10:26 ET

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama & Lady Gaga to Talk 'Kindness' and 'Compassion' With the Nation's Mayors in Indianapolis

The United States Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting | Sunday, June 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 22, 2016) - His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will address the nation's mayors the morning of Sunday, June 26, 2016 at The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. The Dalai Lama's keynote remarks will focus on the global significance of building kind and compassionate cities through action at the local level. Following His Holiness' presentation, the Dalai Lama will be joined by singer/songwriter, actress, and activist Lady Gaga for an onstage conversation, moderated by journalist Ann Curry, featuring a Q&A session with questions from mayors as well as young people from around the country.

The panel will be joined by businessman and philanthropist Philip Anschutz.

Under the leadership of USCM President Baltimore (MD) Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and host Indianapolis (IN) Mayor Joe Hogsett, nearly 300 of the nation's mayors will meet in the swing state of Indiana for their Annual Meeting from June 24 - 27, 2016. During the Meeting, mayors will discuss a wide variety of priorities that contribute to the overall health of America's cities, and consider and adopt the policy resolutions that guide the advocacy agenda of the organization.

Each of the Presidential candidates has been invited to address the meeting, and to discuss The 2016 Mayors' Compact for a Better America: A Call to Action, which prioritizes urban issues, as well as their vision to strengthen the federal-local partnership and build strong cities and metro economies.

With more than 85% of people in the United States living in our nation's cities and metro areas, mayors are convinced that despite their geographic location, cities large and small are plagued by many of the same challenges. As a result, and unlike other elected officials, mayors are often able to find common ground and work in a true spirit of bipartisanship.

The mayors will also release a new report with economic forecasts for all of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas. In addition, USCM will give cash awards totaling more than $1 million to cities showcasing stellar best-practices in the areas of climate protection, community development, and college & career-readiness training.

PRESS GUIDANCE:

  • All business sessions are OPEN to the press unless otherwise indicated (EVENING EVENTS ARE CLOSED TO PRESS).
  • All press MUST register to attend the meeting at: http://usmayors.org/84thAnnualMeeting/press_registration.asp.
  • On-site registration at the J.W. Marriott hotel will also be available during the meeting. ONLY reporters with proper, up-to-date press credentials will be allowed access.
  • For planning purposes, a draft AGENDA and list of PRE-REGISTERED MAYORS will be available at www.usmayors.org.

The Conference is proud to announce that Airbnb is the title sponsor for this year's Annual Meeting. Founded in 2008, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world -- online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Airbnb's mission is to democratize travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere. Most Airbnb hosts in the U.S. are middle class families, typically earning the equivalent of a 14% annual raise by sharing the home in which they live.

WHO: The Dalai Lama & Lady Gaga to Address The U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting
WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 2016 | 10:30a to 12n
WHERE: J.W. Marriott | Grand Ballroom 5/6 | 10 S. West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 | 317-860-5800

About The United States Conference of Mayors -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.

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