January 23, 2014

Mayor Benjamin to attend White House meeting

WASHINGTON, DC – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will join President Barack Obama, administration officials and Mayors from across the nation for a special meeting at the White House today to discuss major issues facing our nation’s cities as part of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Winter Meeting, which began Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Serving both as a USCM Trustee and co-chair of the conference’s Vacant and Abandoned Properties Task Force, Mayor Benjamin is participating in as well as leading a number of important policy discussions at this week’s meeting including moderating a panel on “Five Things Fiduciary Responsible Mayors Need To Know” as well as presenting efforts currently underway to address gang violence in Columbia as part of the USCM Mayors and Police Chiefs Task Force.

“This is an invaluable opportunity not only to help promote our city and all the wonderful things happening here,” said Mayor Benjamin, “but also to learn more about what’s working in cities across the nation and bring new programs and initiatives back to Columbia positioning ourselves to become the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America and a true city of ideas.

Today’s White House meeting will touch on a number of topics including:

Strengthening Education and Workforce DevelopmentEnsuring Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans
Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change Locally
Utilizing Civic Technology and Innovation
Boosting Trade and American Exports