Four Minnesota mayors are scheduled to attend the Jan. 21-23 winter meetings of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C.
Nearly 300 mayors from around the country are expected to be at the event, which will include sessions on community policing, the economy, innovation and transportation.
Minnesotans on the list are:
- St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
- Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
- Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz
- Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede
Brede is listed as co-chair of the Veterans Affairs Task Force, which meets Thursday. Kautz is co-chair of the Small Business, Franchising and Entrepreneurship Task Force, which meets Wednesday.
To get an idea of what the mayors will do at the conference, organizers gave some highlights:
- Jan. 21: “State of The Cities Address” by USCM President Johnson; D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; Labor Secretary Tom Perez; Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Housing Secretary Julian Castro; Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman; Best Practice Forum on Summer Jobs and Young Employment; Women Mayors Session on STEM Careers for Young Women; New Mayors/First Time Attendees Session
- Jan. 22: Strengthening Community Policing Session w/ Phila. Police Comm. Charles Ramsey & George Mason Univ. Prof. Laurie Robinson, Co-Chairs of President Obama’s Task Force on Century Policing and Ron Davis, Ex. Dir. President Obama’s Task Force on 21st;Century Policing and Dir. of COPS Office; Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson; Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred Hochberg; House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Shuster; Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs Jerry Abramson; Dr. Benjamin Barber: If Mayors Ruled the World remarks; Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards; Leadership in the Arts Awards; Uber Sr. VP for Policy and Strategy David Plouffe
- Jan. 23: Panel Discussion of Former Mayors in the Administration: Housing Sec. Castro, Agricultural Sec. Vilsack, Transportation Sec. Foxx, White House Intergovernmental Affairs Dir. Jerry Abramson