Led by (USCM) President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the nation’s mayors, while in Miami Beach for their Winter Leadership Meeting on Feb. 19, stood with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and supported her call for state and federal assistance for the residents of Flint, Michigan.
On the heels of a U.S. Conference of Mayors fact-finding mission to the city of Flint as well as last week’s Democratic Steering & Policy Committee’s Congressional hearing on The Flint Water Crisis, the mayors received a report from Mayor Weaver, USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran and Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, who were designated by Mayor Rawlings-Blake to lead the Conference’s fact finding mission.
The mayors also stressed their ‘metro’ agenda – The 2016 Mayors’ Compact for a Better America: A Call to Action — that calls on the Presidential candidates and Congress to INVEST in and PROTECT America’s cities and metro areas. Developing healthy, safe, affordable and modern water and wastewater systems is one of the key items on the Mayors’ agenda.
With more than 85% of people in the United States living in our nation’s cities and metropolitan areas, mayor clearly understand that metro issues impact everyday Americans and are calling on the Presidential candidates to focus on these issues. Mayors are convinced that despite their geographic location, cities large and small across over the country are plagued by many of the same challenges