U.S. Conference of Mayors Launches The Mayors & Business Leaders Center for Inclusive and Compassionate Cities

As National Discourse Becomes More Divisive, Mayors Take the Lead in Promoting Tolerance, Equality and Unity During its Annual Meeting in Boston, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the establishment of the Mayors and Business Leaders Center for Inclusive and Compassionate Cities. The Center will focus on creating a strong and committed partnership between mayors and business leaders, identifying…

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Why mayors are ‘completely baffled’ by loss of advance refunding

The beginning of Infrastructure Week 2018 presents us with the perfect opportunity to highlight a major blow to community control and to local government infrastructure investment: the repeal of advance refunding of municipal bonds in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I deeply appreciate that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act maintained the century-old tax exemption for municipal bonds. State…

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Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said he’ll champion diversity as head of national mayors group

Citing Columbia for its diversity efforts, Mayor Steve Benjamin said he’ll work to raise $1 million to promote inclusive local policies across the country during his inauguration Monday as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “I believe it is the reason that Columbia is here at this opportunity right now,” Benjamin said during his half-hour remarks at a ceremony…

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Three Mayors Highlight How the Southeast Is Building for Growth

Urbanizing cities of the U.S. Southeast, such as Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina, are facing the trade-offs of continued growth. Speaking at the 2018 ULI Carolinas Meeting, the mayors of those three cities discussed how and where their cities invest to attract job growth, while attempting to avoid displacement of longtime residents. “We are engaged in…

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Columbia, SC Bans ‘Use’ Of Bump Stocks

Columbia, S.C., has banned the use of bump stocks in the city, but not their sale. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Columbia’s mayor, Steve Benjamin, about the motivation behind the ordinance. All right. Let’s shift our attention to Columbia, S.C., which has now become one of the first U.S. cities to ban the use of so-called bump stocks. That’s the…

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