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MAYOR NUTTER ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS
If Re-elected, Mayor Nutter on track to become President of The U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2012.
Philadelphia, June 17, 2010 – At the 79th Annual Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Baltimore, MD, the mayors elected new organizational leadership. Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter was elected Vice President. This means that Mayor Nutter, if re-elected, is on the path to be the 70th President of the organization in 2012 and will be a lead advocate for cities and urban areas during a Presidential election year. Mayor Nutter will be the third Philadelphia mayor to be president of USCM including Mayor Richardson Dilworth (’60-’61) and Mayor James H.J. Tate (’70-’71). Currently, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, CA, is President of the USCM.
“I am honored to be part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and am excited to expand my leadership role at a critical time for cities. USCM is not only a vehicle for mayors to come together and discuss issues facing our urban areas, but it is also a powerful voice advocating for our cities on a national level,” said Mayor Nutter. “America’s cities are facing many challenges, but also they are also more important than ever to our nation’s success. I look forward to working with mayors across the country to push the urban agenda.”
“Mayor Nutter is one of the most innovative metropolitan leaders in the United States today,” said Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. “He has been at the vanguard of mayors who are helping to retool their economies, post-recession, towards more productive and sustainable growth. His will be a fresh, pragmatic perspective to the national debate on jobs and the economy.”
On Monday, Mayor Nutter will be among a select group of mayors who have been invited to the White House to discuss job creation and the ongoing economic recovery.
About The U.S. 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 1,204 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. More information about the Conference is available at usmayors.org. Video of the 78th Annual Conference of Mayors is available now at www.usmayors.org.