Mayor Nutter ended his term as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this past weekend during the organization’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Leading the organization gave Nutter – a frequent guest on cable news shows – a national forum in an election year, as well as a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention last summer. But, at home, critics often complained that his duties and travel for the conference came at the expense of city business.
During his tenure as president, Nutter advocated for cities on topics like the federal sequestration, municipal bonds, infrastructure investment, homelessness and gun violence. He also launched Cities United, a national effort to reduce violent deaths among African-American males.
At the Las Vegas meeting, Philadelphia was given one of two first-place “City Livability Awards,” in recognition of the GunStat program, which has been credited with cutting the number of shooting victims in some parts of the city by more than half.