WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 17, 2016) - U.S. Conference of Mayors President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today announced the formation of a new Latino Alliance of the U.S. Conference of Mayors within the larger Conference of Mayors organization.
The new Latino Alliance of Mayors will serve as a forum for mayors to address top policy concerns, governmental participation, and the changing demographics of Latino communities in our nation's cities. The Alliance will also survey mayors on the economic mobility and civic engagement of Latinos to help develop impactful policies.
"The Conference of Mayors is pleased to announce this new Alliance, which will help our organization to be more active on a broad range of issues," said Rawlings-Blake whose city has seen significant growth in the Latino population in recent years. "Clearly the Latino population represents a large and growing segment of the residents in many of our nation's cities, and we are eager to provide a forum for open dialogue, active participation and lasting policy changes."
The Alliance will be Chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in America, and as Mayors, it is our duty to work together to serve their needs," said Mayor Garcetti, who represents the city with the highest concentration of Latino residents in the country. "From issues of education, to economic development, sustainability to safety, Latino issues are America's issues. This new forum will help us ensure that Latinos are heard as we find innovative ways to address new challenges and bring lasting change to our cities."
Garcetti will host the inaugural meeting of the Alliance during the Conference's upcoming 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on Saturday, June 25th from 5:30 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott. Mayors attending the Annual Meeting who are interested are invited and encouraged to participate. (Note: This meeting is OPEN to media attendance. Working press MUST register to attend via the link - http://usmayors.org/84thAnnualMeeting/press_registration.asp)
The Conference's Annual Meeting is slated to run from Friday, June 24 to Monday, June 27th when hundreds of mayors will meet to 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. 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.
"The U.S. Conference of Mayors prides itself on responding to the needs of its members," said USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran. "As the demographics of the U.S. population changes, we must do all we can to ensure our organization and its policies is a true reflection of those who live in our cities and their metropolitan areas. Our new Latino Alliance will include Latino Mayors and nonLatino Mayors who have a significant Latino population within their cities."
WHO: Inaugural Meeting of the Latino Alliance of Mayors at The U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting
WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 2016 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
WHERE: JW Grand Ballroom 8 | 3rd Level | J.W. Marriott | 10 S. West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 | 317-860-5800
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