MONTGOMERY – The U.S. Conference of Mayors voted to elect Mayor Steven L. Reed as a Trustee during USCM’s 91st Annual Meeting on June 2-5 in Columbus, Ohio. USCM is the official non-partisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 or larger. Each city is represented by its chief elected official, the mayor.
“I am proud to represent our city and state as a U.S. Conference of Mayors Trustee,” Mayor Reed said. “We will continue to pursue an agenda that puts our cities and our citizens first. For Montgomery, the collaboration and connections offered through USCM membership have paid dividends in terms of growth, capital investment and recruitment, and innovative solutions to longstanding challenges. We look forward to building on these partnerships to ensure a brighter future for our entire community.”
Mayor Reed joined Lincoln (NE) Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, Fresno (CA) Mayor Jerry Dyer, New Bedford, (MA) Mayor Jon Mitchell and Cincinnati (OH) Mayor Aftab Pureval as newly elected trustees. Other trustees include Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.
As a member of the Board of Trustees, Mayor Reed will help guide the organization’s policy and advocacy agendas to elevate issues that are important to America’s cities and citizens. Previously, Mayor Reed served as a member of the USCM Advisory Board and sits on the Transportation Committee and the Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee. Additionally, Mayor Reed is a member of USCM’s Center for Compassionate and Equitable Cities Task Force, Mayors Water Council Task Force and the Hunger and Homelessness Task Force.
During USCM’s Annual Meeting, mayors from across the country came together to discuss solutions to a wide range of challenges facing cities, including state pre-emption efforts, public safety and mental health. Mayor Reed led a panel featuring mayors from St. Louis, Nashville, Jackson and Arlington, Texas, that sought strategies to counteract the growing trend of state legislative overreach of city and county leaders. So far this year, state legislatures have introduced more than 650 bills that would usurp the power and authorities of American cities – making it difficult for local elected officials to meet the basic needs of city residents. Mayor Reed was also a panelist during a meeting that centered on ways cities can promote economic mobility.
USCM offers members opportunities to collaborate with fellow mayors from across the country as well as global corporations and business leaders to the benefit their communities. For more information, please visit https://www.usmayors.org/.
Article submitted by The City of Montgomery.
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