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Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Gives President’s Report: “OurPower is Our Collective Voice”In a speech delivered to hundred ofmayors at the annual meeting in Las Vegas,outgoing President Philadelphia MayorMichael A. Nutter highlighted the successesof mayors rising above a divisive electionand an ineffective federal government.When he became President of the Conferenceof Mayors last year, the mayorrecognized that it would be a tough timefor the organization to stay non-partisanand focused on unifying priorities aheadof a grueling presidential election. However,what he saw were mayors beingsought after as leaders perhaps morethan ever.“Whether it was Mayors Cornettand Smith speaking to the conventionsor media in Tampa, or Mayors Villaraigosa,Castro, myself and other speakingin Charlotte—it was very clear that thepolitical parties and the national mediawere extremely interested in the leadershipmayors provide across the country,”he said.Nutter lauded the work of mayors inpressuring the Senate to pass the MarketplaceFairness Act and continued standfor tax-exempt municipal bonds despitefederal opposition. “When faced with achallenge or disagreement we respectfullystate our case, and then we get towork,” Nutter said, highlighting the Conferenceof Mayors partnership with 60organizations to protect municipal bonds.Nutter also praised the Congressionalaction on immigration saying that comprehensiveimmigration reform has been“something that this organization haslong championed.”“The benefits that will come from fullyintegrating immigrants into the Americandream will far outweigh the challenges,”he said.And although Nutter acknowledgedthat there was work to be done, he seesthe tragedy of homelessness as a problemthat has new hope of being alleviated.“There is no reason that any person whohas served our country should sleep on thestreet or in the shelter, ever,” he said.Nutter highlighted the Rapid Re-Housingfederal intervention program beingimplemented in Philadelphia and othercities as a great opportunity to solve thechallenge of homelessness.Despite all these successes, Nutteradmitted that there were a few disappointmentsduring his time as President of theConference of Mayors on sequestration,climate change, and gun control. “Manywithin our own Conference of Mayorshave different views on [gun control] —views I fully respect,” Nutter said. “Butwhen U.S. Senate cannot even pass a billto strengthen background checks designedto keep criminals and the mentally ill fromgetting guns — despite national pollsshowing support in the range of 90 percent— something is very wrong.”In closing, Nutter expressed his personaldesire to see mayors collectivelyimprove relations with Congress, emphasizingthat mayors indeed do make adifference. “Our power is our collectivevoice. When we use it, we can bringabout great change.”USCM President PhiladelphiaMayor Michael A. Nutter deliversthe annual President’s Report tomayors June 22.Smithfrom page 1a 28 percent cap on municipal bondswould mean 312,000 jobs would be lostin one year alone. “This Conference ofMayors, and the coalition we are leadingof more than 60 national organizations,will not let Washington limit our ability tobuild the roads and schools and airportsand transit systems that America needs tocompete in the world economy,” he said.With a focus on a global outlook forthe organization, Smith promised to prioritizecollaboration among cities in theAmericas. “U.S. cities and metropolitanareas are increasingly connected to theircounterparts in Mexico and Canada, aswell as the rest of Latin America, througheconomic relationships that includetrade, foreign direct investment, migration,educational exchange, and thecross-border production of goods,” hesaid. According to Smith, cross-Americacooperation is not only good fornational economies but has the ability tostrengthen local economies.Smith immediately started work on thispriority shortly after his remarks when hesigned a Memorandum of Understandingwith Mayor Maguito Vilela from the BrazilianAssociation of Mayors. The memowill begin the process of sharing bestpractices between the two organizationsin the issues of disposal of solid waste,improving infrastructure and public transportation,tools for enhancing e-government,and sharing governance policies inour respective metro areas.Mayor Smith also vowed to standstrong on the issue of unfunded mandates.“I know how the game is played.Washington has no new money, but stillwants to take some action. So other levelsof government end up with the bill. Thismay not be done maliciously, but America’scities are tired of paying the price.”Emphasizing it as a bipartisan issuefor mayors, Smith said that althoughmayors support environmental protectionand public safety, the federal governmentshould retool implementation thatburdens cities. “The federal governmentcannot simply force de-facto tax increasesupon our ratepayers, businesses, andhomeowners,” he said.Finally, Smith outlined cybersecurityas an issue he would like to tackle in thenext year calling it an emerging threat toour nation. “The nation’s economic vitalityand security depend on a vast array ofinterdependent networks known as cyberspace,and cyberspace has transformedthe ways we communicate, travel, powerour homes, run our economy, and providegovernment services.” Smith said he wouldbegin to work on a new effort to partnerwith the Department of Homeland Securityand the private sector to address the issue.Smith assured mayors that the five keypriorities would not mean ignoring issuesthe Conference has been committing tofor many a long time such as protectingCDBG funding, addressing crime andviolence in cities, and climate protection.“By focusing my presidency on afew items does not mean we will ignoreor waver from our commitment to manyissues,” he said.However, Smith did single out a specificissue he wished to address: immigrationreform. He said that although therewere some parts of the immigration billhe did not particular like, the status quofor immigration policy in this country wasnot acceptable. “My hope is that as wecontinue with debate, we recognize thatour economy and our cities need newand energetic immigrants in order togrow and prosper. We need these peopleat all levels of achievement, from unskilledto high skilled. As long as people havesomething to offer, we should welcomethem into our cities,” he said.Smith had kind words for his predecessor,Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.“Mike, I’d like to thank you for yourservice as president during this past year.You have been a great example to me,and your leadership has strengthenedAmerica’s cities. I very much appreciateyour friendship and the partnership wehave forged together,” he said.Smith also did not hold back in hispraise for the other members of the Conferenceleadership team, Conference ofMayors Vice President Sacramento MayorKevin Johnson and Conference of MayorsSecond Vice President Baltimore MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake. “She is bright,articulate, and passionate about her work,”Smith said of Rawlings-Blake. “She can nolonger be called ‘an up and coming risingstar’ because she’s already arrived.”“[Mayor Johnson] is a big dealbecause of the leadership he’s shown asMayor on what must always be a top priority—improvingour educational system,especially our public schools,” Smith said.Smith also thanked Conference ofMayors CEO Tom Cochran for his “invaluableguidance and support” and recognizedhim for his passion for mayors.Reflecting on the history of the organization,Smith promised that during histerm he would find and fight for consensusissues that unite mayors across thenation. “I will work even harder this comingyear to focus on those issues we havein common, those issues that define notRepublicans or Democrats, Easterners orSoutherners, liberal or conservative, butissues that define cities,” he said.To that end, he encouraged all mayorsto be active in the Conference of Mayors.“You will develop valuable new relationshipsand learn from every mayor youget to know,” he said. “It doesn’t matterwhere you are from, how large your cityis, or what political party you belong to.”Smith ended his speech by thankingmayors for showing faith in his leadershipand with a promise to do everything inhis power to serve the organization andthe nation’s mayors. “This is our organization,and together, we will make it evenstronger as we ‘build a better America.’”Phoenix Mayor Greg Stantonmakes introductory remarksbefore his colleague MesaMayor Scott Smith addressesmayors in his inauguraladdress. Stanton emphasizedhis great working relationshipwith Smith as mayors of citiesjust a few miles away fromone another.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 3


Biden Commends U.S. Mayors, Promises ContinuedAdministration Support on Jobs, Gun SafetyBy Steven LeeVice President Biden expressedamazement at the work mayors acrossthe country have done in the past fiveyears despite working through a “Godawful” recession. “You had to hollow outyour police forces to make those Godawful difficult decisions all of you madeto provide the services for your people asrevenues absolutely evaporated,” Bidensaid. “But you stepped up.”In a well-received speech at the Conferenceof Mayors Annual Meeting, hepraised the resolve of city leaders in balancingbudgets and consolidating serviceseven in the face of “watching yourcommunities get hollowed out.” Throughoutthe speech Biden emphasized therelationship between the Administrationand the nation’s cities, saying that he andthe Administration “promised you that wewould partner with you the first time wemet and we’ve tried our best.”The Vice President highlighted federalmoney such as TIGER grants and fundsfrom the Neighborhood StabilizationProgram given to cities during and afterthe economic crisis, all of which he saidcontributed to a rebounding economy andbrighter job market. “You know the statisticthat shows that 2.4 million families havegone from underwater to above water intheir homes,” Biden said. “You know whatpsychological relief that gives to people,you know what it does to them.”Although Biden said that much hasbeen done by this Administration dedicatedto helping cities grow and thrive, hesees three initiatives of jobs, immigrationreform, and gun control as key to continuingthe help to cities.On jobs, Biden spoke passionatelyabout the need to continue creating not“just any job, but a decent job.” Bidenargued that the idea of being in middleclass—having the ability to own a home,sending kids to college, retiring comfortably—wasall based on creating opportunitiesfor “decent jobs.”“Manufacturing is still a mobilizer ofdecent jobs. They pay a lot more and theyspin off a lot of other non-manufacturingjobs. And manufacturers are looking tomodernize. But they need modern infrastructurein your cities. They need moderninfrastructure to get to and from your cities.And that’s why we continue to pushas hard as we can for major investmentin infrastructure,” he said.Vice President Joe Biden promisescontinued work on three metroarea issues: creating jobs, immigrationreform, and curbing gunviolence.Biden argued for comprehensive immigrationreform by arguing that it wouldbe a boon for the economy. “The math ispretty simple: if you bring people out of theshadows and you give them a start, theyadd to the tax base. They start investingin the communities where they live,” hesaid. He advocated not just for a path tocitizenship but also for expanded visas andresidencies for STEM-educated foreign studentssaying that we should not be sendingthese people away but rather “stampinggreen cards onto their diplomas.”Finally, Biden spoke on the importancefor gun control, renewing his promise tocontinue to work towards moving guncontrol legislation through Congress.“We need to make sure that the voicesof those we’ve lost are the loudest in thisfight,” Biden said.Biden also touted the work the Presidenthad done within the executive branchto address gun violence and acknowledgedthe work of mayors to make theissue salient across the nation. “It’s clearthat all the work you’ve done, all the workthat’s happened has changed the publicconsciousness,” Biden said. “It’s no longerjust an issue.”Nutter Urges Mayors to Join Chorus forChange to Reduce Violence in Their CitiesBy Laura DeKoven WaxmanThe epidemic of violent deaths amongAfrican American men and boys at thehand of other African American men andboys was the subject of a June 23 plenarydiscussion in Las Vegas organized andmoderated by Conference President andPhiladelphia Michael Nutter. Nutter alsoused the session to highlight Cities United,a coalition of mayors and organizationsdedicated to reducing violent deathsamong Black men and boys. Participatingin the discussion were New OrleansMayor Mitch Landrieu and Casey FamilyPrograms CEO and President WilliamBell, both of whom have joined with Nutterin establishing Cities United.Introducing the session, Nutter toldthe mayors that, “Black on Black crime isnot an isolated problem. It affects everymember of every community every day.”Terming it “a public health crisis,” Nuttersaid that violence is at unsustainable levelsin many of our communities. He invitedthe mayors to work with Cities United,which he said includes first and foremostthe U.S. Conference of Mayors, alongwith Casey Family Programs, the NationalLeague of Cities and other nationalorganizations and to “band together asleaders to be a chorus for change.”At left, USCM President Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter with NewOrleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu following Landrieu’s major address callingfor action on violence.Landrieu: Preventing Murder,Stopping Violence Must Becomea National PriorityLandrieu used the occasion to makea major address decrying violence inAmerica’s cities today and the nation’sneglect of it and calling for a strong federalresponse. Among his comments:“Last year in New Orleans, 193 of ourfellow citizens were murdered; 193 tragicstories and a wake of destruction andheartbreak. The common thread- nearly allvictims were young African American menwho were killed by a young African Americanman between 16 and 30. In most of thecases, these young men knew each other,were unemployed and had dropped out ofschool and society too soon. These victimsare flesh and blood, real people with facesand names, hopes and dreams.“But this senseless death is not uniqueto New Orleans. Young African Americanmen are being slaughtered on thestreets of our cities. Murder is the wellspring/ for a river of pain / that flowsfrom the 7th Ward of New Orleans tothe tough streets of North Philly, from theSouth Side of Chicago to EdmondsonHeights Baltimore, and beyond, coveringevery corner of this nation in hurt.“Turning the tide is a huge challenge,but it can be done, our cities are taking iton. In New Orleans we have designed acutting edge strategic plan called NOLAFOR LIFE. It is smart, holistic, and hits thestreets. The first step is to stop the shooting,stop the bleeding, stop the death.“We’ve raised over $1 million for localservice providers. We’ve beefed up thehomicide unit, gotten smart with hot spotpolicing, and established a new Multi-Agency Gang Unit with local, state andfederal law enforcement.“We’ve doubled the number of summerjobs for youth and created new jobtraining and placement services throughpartnerships with local businesses anduniversities. We’ve launched programslike Ceasefire New Orleans and MidnightBasketball to interrupt violence and connectyoung African American men withresources they say they need.“And now, we’re starting to see theresults. In the past three months alone,our Multi-Agency Gang Unit investiga-See NuTTEr on page 5Page 4 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


House Transportation Committee Chairman Shuster WantsMayors Help on Infrastructure Investment AgendaBy Kevin McCartyRepresentative Bill Shuster (PA), chairmanof the influential House Transportationand Infrastructure Committee, toldmayors that, “I am here today becauseI want to make sure you are part of thesolution,” helping him craft needed transportationlegislation and then selling it tothe American people.In remarks at the June 22 openingplenary session, Shuster talked about theimportance of investing in the nation’sinfrastructure, especially transportationfacilities, to improve the lives of Americansand the competitiveness of U.S.businesses. “You know firsthand theimportance of efficient transportationsystems. You know firsthand that the systemneeds to be safe and reliable. Youknow firsthand if we don’t make theseinvestments and stay up, we will fallbehind,” he said.”It’s going to take the American peopleknocking on doors saying this is important,”Shuster said in describing the needto engage the public in speaking out onthe need for infrastructure investment.House Transportation andInfrastructure Committee ChairmanBill Shuster (PA) delivers remarksJune 22 during the USCM 81stAnnual Meeting in Las Vegas.Referencing the imminent Senate confirmationof Charlotte Mayor AnthonyFoxx, Shuster said, “I look forward toworking with Mayor Foxx, knowing heis a mayor and that he knows how toget things done. And, I look forward toseeing him as the next Secretary of theDepartment of Transportation.”Shuster made clear that he sees acontinuing federal role in transportation.“There is a federal role in transportation.There has been since the beginning.” Headded, “Throughout our history, transportationhas been a bipartisan issue.”Shuster Cites His LegislativePrioritiesIn discussing legislative issues beforehis committee, Shuster talked about fourlegislative priorities: water resources, passengerrail, aviation and surface transportation(MAP-21) renewal.He indicated that he had already talkedwith mayors at the meeting, and he“knows how important the passenger railbill is to cities.” Shuster expressed concernsabout high-speed rail in California, butthinks that the Northeast Corridor could bea model for raising train speeds in a corridor“to roll out to the rest of the country.”On aviation issues, he said, “I knowwhat economic engines those airports are,not only just for your cities, but for yourregions and the United States of America.”The renewal of the nation’s surface transportationlaw in the next Congress “is goingto be a major challenge,” Shuster told themayors. “Of course, funding, we have tolook at every option we have out there.”Moving a surface transportation bill isthe issue where Chairman Shuster challengedmayors to help him with the publicand with his House colleagues. “Makingsure the American people understandthese things is where I need your help.When we start to move a bill through theHouse, I will need your help again. I willneed your help with Members on the Democraticside of the aisle and with Memberson the Republican side of the aisle.”“It is a massive effort. I definitely needthe Conference of Mayors, working with meand talking with me to get this job done,”Shuster said in concluding his remarks.NuTTErfrom page 4Casey Family Programs CEO andPresident William Bell urges mayorsto take the lead on reducingviolence.tions have led to the indictments of nearly50 individuals and there is more to come.Last year overall crime was down. Murderis down over 20 percent from thistime last year and 30 percent comparedto two years ago.“This is an emergency—a major threatto our nation’s peace, security, and freedom.Preventing murder and stopping violentcrime must become a national priority.“So we must stand together united asmayors like generals during wartime. Wemust tell Congress and the President, thatwe need a surge….“Congress can act today and actuallydo something that will put resourcesand people into the fight where they areneeded the most, on our streets going upagainst violent criminals.“This is how we reduce gun violenceand murder, by hitting the streets.“Democrats, Republicans, Congress andPresident Obama lock hands; build on whatshould be common ground and launch anewly reinvigorated COPs program to providebillions to hire new cops for communitypolicing, just like Vice President Biden andPresident Clinton did in the 1990s.“We can all agree that we should dowhat we can to get guns out of the handsof dangerous criminals who mean to do usharm. And here is one way we can do it.“Let’s give the federal governmentclear concurrent jurisdiction over all violentoffenses committed by firearms thattravelled in interstate commerce. Let’sbring the hammer down on these violentoffenders with the full weight of thefederal judicial system and give relief tothe local cops, judges, prosecutors, andneighborhood leaders who give it theirall every day in this fight.”Bell: Mayors Must LeadIn his remarks Bell built on Landrieu’sremarks and urged every mayor in thecountry “to join together with the voiceof the U.S. Conference of Mayors andstand up and say it’s enough.” “We havemourned too much; it’s enough. Wehave watched mothers cry too long; it’senough. We’ve have cried ourselves toomuch; it’s enough,” he continued. “It’stime for us to be the lead. Yes the federalgovernment has a role; yes philanthropyhas a role, but you must lead.”Dallas Mayor Rawlings Excitedto Host 2014 Annual MeetingBy Steven LeeFlanked by two Dallas Cowboyscheerleaders, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlingshighlighted his city ahead of nextyear’s annual meeting in Dallas.In a presentation on June 22 at theannual meeting, Rawlings expressedexcitement to host the nation’s mayors inDallas and show how much Dallas hasgrown. “If you’ve never been to Dallas,let me tell you, you do not need to buy orbring cowboy boots, you’re not going toride in a covered wagon or a horse to themeetings, and we don’t have tumbleweedgoing down our Main Street. In fact, Dallaswill immediately surprise you and immediatelyyou’ll understand why we’re sayingthat big things happen here,” he said.Both his presentation and a precedingvideo touted Dallas’ bigness.Rawlings noted that not only was Dallas—andneighboring city Fort Worth—the fourth largest metropolitan area in theUnited States, it was also the fastest growingarea in the nation with the fourth busiestairport in the world. He also emphasizedDallas’ continued focus on city livabilitywith its many downtown parks, thecountry’s largest urban arts district, andthe largest urban forest.Visits to Cowboys Stadium and theTexas State Fairgrounds are beingplanned as events for next year’s meeting,according to Rawlings.The presentation ended with surpriseremarks by Linda Gray, the star of theclassic TV series “Dallas,” who said she“adores” Dallas. “I’m so proud, and honored,and blessed to be part of that city,”she said. “So I hope to see you next year,hopefully we can bring the cast to seeyou and welcome you to the city becauseit is one of my favorites.”Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlingsand Actress Linda Gray highlightDallas, which will be hosting theConference of Mayors at the 2014Annual Meeting.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 5


Newly-Elected Conference LeadersSCOTT SMITHMayor of MesaPresidentKEVIN JOHNSONMayor of SacramentoVice PresidentSTEPHANIE-RAWLINGS BLAKEMayor of Baltimore2nd Vice PresidentJoy F. COOPERMayor ofHallandaleBeachTrusteePEDRO E.SEGARRAMayor ofHartfordTrusteeGREGORyBALLARDMayor ofIndianapolisAdvisory BoardGREG FISCHERMayor ofLouisvilleAdvisory BoardCAROLyn G.GoodmanMayor of LasVegasAdvisory BoardSyLVESTER “Sly”James, Jr.Mayor ofKansas City(MO)Advisory BoardEDWIN M. LEEMayor of SanFranciscoAdvisory BoardBETH VANDuyneMayor of IrvingAdvisory BoardSETTI D.WARRENMayor ofNewtonAdvisory BoardPage 6 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


Mayors’ Lighting Partnership Helps Cities Reduce EnergyCosts, Carbon EmissionsBy Elizabeth RendaPhilips Lighting Chairman Emeritus ZiaEftekhar spoke at The U.S. Conferenceof Mayors 81st Annual Meeting in LasVegas on June 24 during the InauguralLuncheon honoring incoming ConferencePresident Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. Eftekhardiscussed how the Mayors’ LightingPartnership, a joint partnership betweenPhilips and the Conference of Mayors,works with cities on upgrading their lightingsystems with new energy efficiencylighting technologies. “I know that MayorSmith and the Conference of Mayorsshare Philips’ strong belief in the powerof public-private partnerships and theimportance of investing in infrastructurethat makes cities more efficient, attractsbusinesses and economic development,and creates local jobs,” he said.The Mayors’ Lighting Partnership,which was launched earlier this year, isdesigned to give mayors information onhow energy-efficient lighting can reduceenergy costs and carbon emissions,improve public safety and spur economicdevelopment. Eftekhar showcased severalPhilips installations, including recentinstallations in Las Vegas. “Whether it isproviding lighting for Cirque Du Soleilor the Wynn Lake of Dreams, or the EyeCandy Lounge right here in the MandalayBay, it is easy to see how LED anddigital lighting provide much more thanlight, creating a visual experience thatcan turn an ordinary environment intosomething extraordinary,” he said.Additionally, he described the innovativework being done through the Mayors’Lighting Partnership in Independence(MO), noting Mayor Don Reimal’s recentPhilips Lighting Chairman EmeritusZia Eftekhar speaks about theMayors’ Lighting Partnership at the81st Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.announcement to upgrade 12,000 of hiscity’s streetlights to a new Philips LED solution.He told participants that the upgradedlights will use “fifty percent less energywhile improving visibility and encouragingsocial and economic activity.” Eftekharsaid, “The new Philips LED solutionwill save 6.6 million kilowatt hours, for anannual savings of almost $300,000 andover $150,000 in yearly maintenancecost reductions that is nearly $4.5 millionof savings in ten years.”Eftekhar also spoke of Little RockMayor Mark Stodola and North LittleRock Mayor Joe Smith’s joint project toilluminate three bridges spanning theArkansas River between the two cities bythe end of the year using Philips LED lighting.“A great example of a multi-facetedpublic-private partnership, this projectis funded through a grant from EntergyArkansas to recognize the company’s100th anniversary, the cities of Little Rockand North Little Rock, the Clinton Foundation,the Pulaski County Junction BridgeAuthority, Philips Lighting Company andKoontz Electric,” Eftekhar said.All of these projects are projected tosave millions of dollars and prevent millionsof pounds of carbon dioxide fromemission. “Everything we see, most ofwhat we do, and much of how we feel,is touched by light; so light matters.” Eftekharsaid. “And how we maximize theimpact and sustainability of our lightingequally matters. That is what the Mayors’Lighting Partnership is all about — bringingthe magic and impact of sustainablelighting to your city.”Rogers Addresses USCMNational League of Cities President Avondale Mayor Marie LopezRogers addresses The U.S. Conference of Mayors, praising the work ofUSCM President Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, stressing thepartnership between the two organizations, and the joint-effort onprotecting tax-exempt municipal bonds and passing the MarketplaceFairness Act.Orientation for New Mayors, First Time AttendeesMembership Committee ChairPiscataway Mayor Brian Wahlerwelcomes newly elected mayorsand first time attendees to the81st Annual Meeting during theOrientation Session.More than 40 new mayors and first time attendees gathered to meet with “veteran” mayors at the June 21Orientation Session and learn about the organization from Membership Committee Chair Piscataway Mayor BrianWahler and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 7


Cities Continue to Reform UnsustainablePension Plans, Conference ReportsBy Mike BrownA report released by The U.S. Conferenceof Mayors Metro Economies Committeeon June 22 describes a range ofefforts undertaken by 19 cities of all sizesto reform unsustainable pension plans— both statewide plans in which theyare participants and self-administeredplans — and shows a continuation of apattern of reforms reported a year agoby a group of 16 cities that provided theConference of Mayors with informationon their reform efforts. Again this year,cities’ approaches to reform included:• increasing annual pension contributionsfor both cities and employees;• eliminating benefit increases for currentemployees and offering fewerbenefits for new employees;• offering new employees defined contribution,not defined benefit, programs;• lowering or deferring cost of livingadjustments for both current employeesand retirees;• lowering benefit multipliers and benefitaccrual rates;• increasing retirement age and servicerequirements; and• increasing years of service used todetermine final average salary forbenefit determination.While many of the cities in this year’sreport share common approaches toreform, their individual reports vary inemphasis.• Allentown (PA) — using a concessionlease of the sewer and water systemto generate the revenue needed tocompletely eliminate the city’s $200million unfunded pension liability.• Arlington (TX) — working with thestate-wide municipal pension systemto change the actuarial cost method inuse and reduce benefits to put the cityon a path to increasing funded ratios— currently at more than 85 percent.• Barrington (IL) — working with otherIllinois cities through a statewide councilof governments to support January2011 reforms to the state’s municipalpension system that reduce benefitcosts for police, firefighters, and othermunicipal employees.• Chula Vista (CA) — involving cityadministrators, the Police Chief, andthe Fire Chief in negotiations thatproduced an agreement that all cityemployees would pay the full share oftheir pension contributions — initiallysaving the city $6 million.• Fort Worth (TX) — working throughnegotiations and legal challenges tomaintain the existing defined benefitplan while reducing benefits for futureearnings; accrued benefits of currentemployees will remain on the originalpension plan, while future benefitsearned will be on a new plan.• Jacksonville (FL) — seeking adoptionof a police and fire benefit packagethat increases employee contributions,caps annual benefits, increases theretirement age, reduces the benefitaccrual rate, and lowers COLAs;first year savings under the packagewould total $45 million.• Kentwood (MI) — modifying the city’sself-administered plan to retain theexisting defined benefit option forcurrent employees and add a definedcontribution option for new hires, withincreases in defined benefits coveredby employee contributions.• Long Beach (CA) — reaching agreementwith police, firefighters, and othercity employees for new, less costly pensiontiers for new hires and full employeepick-up of retirement contributions.• Louisville/Jefferson County (KY) —lobbying for state pension reform(enacted in March) that will limitKentucky cities’ pension costs; newemployees will be enrolled in a hybridcash-balance plan and COLAs will bepaid only if fully funded.• Milwaukee (WI) — adopting a stableemployer contribution policy underwhich the actuary establishes a stablepercent of payroll for five years tofacilitate budget planning and avoidlarge-scale year-to-year volatility.• Murfreesboro (TN) — following a twoyearreview, retaining a defined benefitplan for current employees and addinga defined contribution plan for newhires; this saves $3 million over ten yearsand adds no new unfunded liabilities.• Newport Beach (CA) — implementinga total compensation philosophywith a goal of having the city andits employees share equally in totalretirement costs; results of labor negotiationsinclude significant increasesin retirement contributions by currentemployees and lower benefits forfuture employees.• North Miami Beach (FL) — beginningreform of the city’s three pension planswith changes in actuarial valuationsthat dramatically reduce city pensioncontributions and dramaticallyincrease funding levels.• Pembroke Pines (FL) — freezingthe defined benefit plan for currentemployees, not offering it to new hires,cutting pension costs to the city acrossthe board, and giving employees theoption of transferring accrued retirementbenefits to a separate accounton a deferred basis.• Phoenix (AZ) — implementing reformsto the city’s defined benefit plan developedby a broad-based task forceand approved by voters in March;limited pension benefits for new hiresare projected to cut the city contributionrate by half and save $596 millionover 20 years.• Redmond (WA) — working to overcomeproblems related to the state-runretirement system, specifically: yearto-yearfluctuations in cities’ requiredcontributions, lack of involvement inpension plan decisions, and a “onesize fits all” approach that does notallow for differences among participatingcities.• San Jose (CA) — implementing voterapprovedreforms in which existingemployees are given the option ofpaying more to keep their current planor move to a lower-cost plan for futureyears of service, and new employeesare in a new, lower-cost plan.• Springfield (IL) —working within thelimitations of the state pension systemto mitigate growing pension obligations;three-prong approach includesmaking additional pension paymentswhen possible, lowering personnelcosts, and pressing the legislature forfurther reform.• Westland (MI) — offsetting costs ofthe Actuarially Required Contributionthrough pension cost cuts such as fivepercent pre-tax contributions to pensionsimposed on, or negotiated with,nearly half of all city employees to date.The report, “City Approaches to PublicPensions, Volume II, June 2013,” wasreleased during the 2013 Annual Conferenceof Mayors, held in Las Vegas, andis the fourth in a series on city pensionsystems. It is part of the organization’scontinuing effort to call attention to publicpension issues and encourage discussionof cities’ efforts to reform existing, unsustainablepension programs, and is availableon the Conference of Mayors Website, www.usmayors.org.Immigration Press ConferenceSHARE your GOOD NEWS!We know you have good news to shareabout your mayor or about an uniquelocal program. Tell us about it so othercities can learn from your success!Send your press releases and photosfor publication in the U.S. MAYORnewspaper to the Conference of MayorsPublic Affairs Office:etemple@usmayors.org/202-861-6719USCM Immigration Reform Task Force Chair Laredo Mayor RaulSalinas, center, with, left to right, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton,Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and National League of Cities PresidentAvondale (AZ) Mayor Marie Lopez Rodgers at a June 23 press conferencein Las Vegas during which the mayors urged the Senate toquickly pass comprehensive immigration reform.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 9


Philadelphia, Jackson (TN) Named “MostLivable” Cities in AmericaBy Jocelyn BogenConference of Mayors President PhiladelphiaMayor Michael A. Nutter andJackson (TN) Mayor Jerry Gist wereawarded first place honors in the 2013City Livability Awards Program duringThe U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 81stAnnual Meeting in Las Vegas.This is the 34th year in which citieshave competed for the award, which issponsored by the Conference of Mayorsand Waste Management, Inc., thenation’s largest environmental solutionsprovider. The award recognizes mayoralleadership in developing and implementingprograms that improve the quality oflife in America’s cities, focusing on theleadership, creativity, and innovationdemonstrated by the mayors.This year’s winning cities were selectedby former mayors from a pool of over200 applicants.Waste Management Public SectorSolutions Vice President Ann Reeves presentedthe awards during the annual luncheonsession. “We are honored to againpartner with the USCM and sponsor theCity Livability Awards for the 24th time.As the nation’s leading provider of comprehensivewaste management servicesin North America, Waste Management’ssponsorship of USCM is very importantto us and we care passionately about thelivability of our cities,” said Reeves.”“Our City Livability Awards Programgives the Conference the opportunity tohighlight mayoral leadership in makingurban areas cleaner, safer, and more livable,”said Conference of Mayors CEOand Executive Director Tom Cochran.“We are grateful to Waste Managementfor its many years of support for the CityLivability Awards Program, and for theopportunity to showcase the creativityand commitment of mayors and city governmentsacross the country.”In addition to the two top awards, OutstandingAchievement Awards were givento five cities with populations of 100,000 ormore—Baltimore, Dayton, Denver, Mesaand Washington (DC) — and five citieswith populations of less than 100,000 —Fayetteville, Hallandale Beach, Oak Park,York, and West Palm Beach.Honorable Mention citations for citieswith populations of 100,000 or morewent to Fresno, Memphis, Milwaukee, andOrlando. Citations for cities with populationsof less than 100,000 went to Lawrence,Mayor Sumter, Sunrise, and Turlock.First Place Program:Philadelphia Mayor MichaelA. Nutter (Large City): GunStatThe GunStat program, launched byworks to combat street crime using amicro, place-based strategy to focus onrepeat offenders which addresses thephysical conditions that contribute tocrime, and build neighborhood capacityto sustain safety and security. The Missionof GunStat is to identify violent repeatoffenders who are known to law enforcement,increase collaboration between Citydepartments to share data and information,and to promote safety within the targetedneighborhoods. Targeted offendersare monitored from arrest through incarcerationand the parole period. By ensuringthat violent offenders are monitoredclosely, GunStat ensures prioritization,communication and coordinated decisionmaking by all levels of law enforcement.In 2012, the first year, there was a 25 percentdrop in gun crimes and a 56 percentdrop in shooting victims in the targetedGunStat areas compared with the previousfive year averages. Comparable citywidestatistics show a nine percent and11 percent decrease in gun crimes andshooting victims, respectively.Jackson (TN) Mayor Jerry Gist(Small City): JumpStart JacksonMayor Gist’s JumpStart Jackson initiativeis a community-wide health andwellness initiative intended to make Jacksonthe “Healthiest City in Tennessee.”Stemmed initially from a “wake-up call”the city received when a company decidedagainst moving to the city becauseof potentially high employee healthcarecosts, JumpStart Jackson has encouragedactive lifestyles and has made an impacton the quality of life in the city. The programhas improved walkability and bikeabilityin the city, increased access to lowcostnutritious foods in local “food deserts,”and created a 80,000 sq. ft. WellnessCenter in downtown Jackson. Notonly has the initiative improved livability,it has also provided economic benefitswith the City seeing a $2 million reductionin city employee healthcare costs inthe first year of the program.Left to right, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, USCMPresident Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, 2013 First Place Small CityLivability Award Winner Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist, Waste ManagementVice President for Public Sector Solutions Ann Reeves, USCM Second VicePresident Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and USCM Vice PresidentMesa Mayor Scott Smith.Left to right, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, 2013 FirstPlace Large City Livability Award Winner USCM President PhiladelphiaMayor Michael A. Nutter, Waste Management Vice President for PublicSector Solutions Ann Reeves, USCM Second Vice President SacramentoMayor Kevin Johnson, and USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.Small City OutstandingAchievement Program:Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan:Beneficial Biosolids ReuseProgramWhen Fayetteville saw a 600 percentincrease in landfill fees between 2003and 2009, city officials decided thatit was time to find a more sustainablemethod to dispose the biosolids producedduring the wastewater treatment process.In mid-2012, the city launched the BeneficialBiosolids Reuse Program, which combinessolar and thermal drying power toproduce reuse biosolids. Fayetteville hassaved nearly $1 million since the implementationcombined with a reduction incarbon emissions due to a reduction intrucking and hauling. Residents see anadditional benefit as the treated biosolidsare sold to farmers who can use it toimprove long-term soil quality withoutresorting to harmful chemical fertilizers.Hallandale Beach Mayor JoyF. Cooper: Community BenefitProgramThrough the Community Benefit Program,Hallandale Beach has sought tocombat sluggish economic conditionsborne out of the economic recession. TheCBP requires all proposals for city capitalconstruction projects to report howthe proposal would 1) employ local residentsand 2) use local vendors to procuregoods and services for the project. Withits pilot project, the Foster Park CommunityCenter, and other private constructionin the area, the CBP has created new jobs,offered job training to local residents, andbrought revenue to the city, which can befurther returned to the community.Oak Park (IL) Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb: Smart City USA ProjectOak Park has improved its livabilityby instituting the Smart City USA Project,working to make the city “the smartest,most sustainable city in the world.” Sincethe project began eight years ago, OakPark became the first U.S. city to adopta 100 percent renewable portfolio standard,first city to obtain all electric powerfrom renewable sources, and the first cityto deploy Smart Meters to all residencesand businesses citywide. Through variousexternal partnerships-including one withSouth Korea-and local programs, OakPark has provided residents with greatercontrol of their own energy usage whilealso saving the city money.York Mayor C. Kim Bracey:MENToryorkIn 2011, Bracey recognized the needfor a mentorship program for youth andan opportunity for leaders in her communityto ensure a positive future for theiryouth and developed the MENTORYorkprogram. The program provides mentorshipto students from 9th to 12th gradefrom mentors who are committed to helpthem as they advance through an importantperiod of their lives. Mentors and studentsconnect three to four times a weekand commit to an hour a week of one-ononetime. Students benefit from talking toadults who truly care about their successwhile at the same time community mentorsare provided the opportunity to investin the lives of youth in the city.West Palm Beach Mayor JeriMuoio: Homework Center ProgramThe Homework Center Program inWest Palm Beach has sought to increasethe academic potential of elementaryage children in the city. Housed in the citypublic library, the Homework Center providesthese students with homework assistancefrom hired professionals four daysa week. In addition to the HomeworkCenter, the city secured funding to createa Summer Academy, designed to combatthe “summer slide” children experienceover the long summer break. West PalmBeach reports that sixty percent of studentswho participated in the HomeworkCenter saw an increase in their readingreport card grade.See PhiLAdELPhia on page 11Page 10 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


PhiLAdELPhiafrom page 10Small City Honorable MentionProgram:Lawrence (MA) Mayor WilliamLantigua: The GreenwayIn a city with little open space, Lawrenceworked to create one through TheGreenway. Though the city was establishedby industrial barons in the 19thcentury to be a compact city in orderto accommodate textile workers alongthe Merrimack River, the city createda chain of five—soon to be six—parksall hugging the river forming an “emeraldbracelet” referred to as the SpicketRiver Greenway. The construction of theGreenway has been effective in bringingthe community of Lawrence together,providing residents with a recreationalopen space to stay fit, and revitalizingthe Spicket River.Sumter (SC) Mayor JosephT. McElveen, Jr.: Swan Lake IrisGardensSumter sought to revitalize the SwanLake Iris Gardens, Sumter’s city parkthat is famous across the nation. MayorMcElveen, Jr. spearheaded the effort,expanding the 150-acre park, renovatingthe cygnet nursery, constructing avisitor center, planting new gardens, andcommissioning art throughout the park.The revitalization initiative has increasedtourism in the city while at the same timeensuring that city residents and futuregenerations have a city park with abroad array of recreational and educationalopportunities.Sunrise (FL) Mayor Michael J.Ryan: Job Opportunities S.T.E.M.from Student PartnershipWith a growing focus on S.T.E.M.education across the nation, Sunrise hasput forth an initiative intended to boosttheir students’ interests in S.T.E.M. subjects.The Job Opportunities S.T.E.M.from Student Partnership presented twoprojects for students to explore, one askingstudents to test the quality of waterusing raw and treated samples andanother asking students to find a solutionto aid in the city’s search for a new, feasiblesource of raw water. Through theprogram, the approximately 100 studentparticipants are exposed to science andapplications of science, encouraging studentsto investigate the S.T.E.M. field. Atthe same time, Sunrise is also able to orientstudents to career opportunities at thecity’s utilities department with the hopethat some of these students will be futurejob candidates.Turlock (CA) Mayor John Lazar:Carnegie Arts CenterIn a collaboration between the cityand private citizen groups, Turlock builtthe Carnegie Arts Center. The creationof the Center came after a fire destroyedthe city’s historic Carnegie Library. Whenthe Center opened in 2011, it exceededall expectations with the center includingan art gallery on the ground floor,an outdoor plaza, two arts educationclassrooms, and a large multimediaperformance space. The Center, builtdowntown, has revitalized the surroundingarea and has spurred reinvestment inbusinesses throughout the city.Large City OutstandingAchievement Program:Baltimore Mayor StephanieRawlings-Blake: Power in DirtThe Power in Dirt program started byMayor Rawlings-Blake aims to convertvacant lots around Baltimore into communitygreen space given a limited citybudget. At its core, Power in Dirt makesinformation on vacant lots accessible tothe public allowing residents to applyonline to “adopt” lots and receive grantsto revitalize their adopted lots. So far,more than 700 lots, totalling 32 acres,have been adopted by residents. 80percent of these lots have been revitalizedinto open green space with minimaldirect city funding.Dayton Mayor Gary D. Leitzwell:“Welcome Dayton” InitiativeWith cities across the country seeingchanges in their population makeup,Dayton launched an initiative intendedto making sure immigrants feel welcomein their city. The “Welcome Dayton”Initiative since its creation in 2011 hasincreased positive community police relations,built community through the arts,and supported English Language Learners.The program has touched all aspectsof the city, from the public sector wheregovernment forms are being translatedinto Spanish and Russian to the privatesector where immigrant communities arebeing provided with business developmentassistance.Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock:MY Denver CardDenver is using a simple idea of issuinga card to increase the wellbeing ofthe youth in Denver. The MY Denver Cardprogram issues a card to Denver schoolagedchildren, which provides them freeaccess to recreation centers and publicswimming pools. Since the programlaunched just three months ago, morethan 5,500 children have enrolled. Theinitiative has allowed children to keephealth and safe, especially after schooland during the summer.Mesa Mayor Scott Smith:iMesa ProgramAs Mesa looked to find a way toengage its residents and facilitate ideasto develop the city, it turned to the internetfor the solution. The iMesa program is anonline website that crowdsources ideasand discussion from residents, ideas inwhich turn are reviewed by a steeringcommittee for consideration by the city.Recently, a $70 million parks plan compliedfrom iMesa ideas made it on theballot in the 2012 election, with a majorityof Mesa residents passing the projects.Washington (DC) Mayor VicentC. Gray: Sustainable DCGray’s Sustainable DC initiative,which includes 143 specific actions, is aprogram intended to make the DC thehealthiest, greenest, most liveable cityin the nation. From actions such as thecreation of a “Green Cabinet” and thedevelopment of a 100,000 square footgreenhouse, DC has taken measurablesteps to make itself greener and morelivable. Started just four months ago, theprogram has already spurred economicgrowth, lowered greenhouse gas emissions,and greatly expanded transportationoptions for commuters.Large City Honorable MentionProgram:Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin:Learn2Earn “Fresno’s EducationOn-Ramp”To improve city livability, Swearenginhas focused her efforts on helping facilitateoptions for adults that lack a highschool diploma. The Learn2Earn programremoved barriers for these adultswho want to get their GED, train for anew career, or obtain a more traditionalcollege education. Since 2012, the programhas attracted more than a thousandparticipants, 600 of them in participatingin training.Memphis Mayor AC Wharton,Jr.: Broad AvenueThrough public and private investment,Memphis has converted Broad Avenue,a historic area coming under significantdecline recently, into a burgeoning artsdistrict. Since 2006, $17 million investmentin the area has attracted 22 newbusinesses and tens of thousands of visitorsall while maintaining the originalarchitecture and character of the street..Broad Avenue boasts art galleries andstudios, cafes and restaurants, and adance collective as part of the new artsdistrict in Memphis with a two-way cycletrack soon to be completed to connect thedistrict to other areas nearby in Memphis.Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett:Earn & Learn ProgramMilwaukee’s Earn and Learn is a summeryouth jobs program intended toassist young people in transitioning intothe labor force through opportunitiesfor work in the public and private sector.With 16000 young people alreadyhaving participated in the program since2005, Earn and Learn provides communitywork experience for teens, a citysummer youth internship for high schooljuniors and seniors, and a private sectorsummer job for those from high school toage 22. The collaboration between thecity and the private sector through thisprogram has increased the number ofyouth jobs from under 1300 per year in2005 to over 2500 jobs annually afterthe program’s implementation.Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer:Main Street ProgramThe Main Street Program in Orlandoseeks to develop eight urban commercialdistricts in the city by providing targetedtechnical assistance, training, andstaff support. An Executive Director andBoard of Directors for each district worktogether with residents and businesses toimplement projects. The program has ledto more than $450 million in investment,2,250 more jobs, and almost 400 newbusinesses. Not only is the city seeingeconomic benefits, but the focus on thedistricts is adding to a renewed sense ofpride among the city’s residents.Opening Press ConferenceUSCM President Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, at podium, isjoined by dozens of mayors during the opening press conference inLas Vegas to preview top priorities to be raised during the 81st AnnualMeeting with a focus on deep cuts to the Community DevelopmentBlock Grant program, infrastructure, jobs, municipal bonds, immigrationreform, public safety, and other key goals for strengthening cities.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 11


Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Garcetti Will Be Active Member ofConference of MayorsLos Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcettispoke to the nation’s mayors on June 21,expressing his desire to work closely withthe Conference of Mayors. “I look forwardto working with you,” Garcetti said.“I’m excited to listen, to learn, and to leadalong side you.”Speaking ten days ahead of his inaugurationas mayor, Garcetti arguedthat mayors are “uniquely poised” tochange the political culture in the countrytoo focused on what is happening inWashington (DC) and on the next presidentialelection. “We can change that...by bringing an old-fashioned politicalvalue of shoe leather of engagement,of knocking on people’s doors of doingtownhalls and marrying that with what’schanging in the world before us, the waywe buy things on Amazon, the way wetalk to one another by getting on Skype,”Garcetti said.Garcetti pointed to his own personalexperience as a city councilman. Tacklingthe problem of graffiti in Los Angeles,Garcetti not only engaged 400 blockcaptains to help clean walls throughoutthe city but also introduced a smartphoneapp that engaged all residents to quicklyreport graffiti to the city.Former Los Angeles Mayor AntonioR. Villaraigosa, a former Conference ofMayors President, introduced Garcettibefore he spoke. “I couldn’t be prouderto bring up someone who’s been a colleagueand a friend,” he said. “This is aguy that’s ready for the job and that’s thebest way I would define him.”Villaraigosa also reflected on theimportant role Garcetti had during histime in office especially due to Garcetti’sposition as president of the city council.Garcetti ended his remarks emphasizingagain his commitment to workingLos Angeles Mayor-elect EricGarcetti speaks to mayors June 21.with the Conference of Mayors and othermayors during his tenure. “Let’s get theshoe leather to hit the Silicon chip, let’s dothe old-fashioned politics with new-fangledways and I look forward to engagingwith you for many years to come andshowing Americans that politics mattersand we can get it done,” he said.U.S. Conference of Mayors, Brazilian Association of MayorsForge New PartnershipSign MOUPledging toWork on KeyIssues ImpactingBoth CountriesIncluding:Improving PublicTransportation,WasteManagementBy Evangelina GarciaDuring Conference President Mesa(AZ) Mayor Scott Smith’s InauguralAddress, he emphasized that increasingTrade with the Americas will be one ofhis top priorities as incoming President.Therefore, one of the first action steps hetook as Conference President was to signa Memo of Understanding with a NationalOrganization of Mayors from Brazil,the Frente Nacional de Prefeitos (FNP) tostrengthen the cooperation and communicationbetween the U.S. Conference ofMayors and the FNP. The new partnershipwill also seek to increase the level ofcooperation and communication betweenlocal leaders of the two nations.Joined by Second National Vice Presidentof the Brazilian Association of Mayors(FNP) Mayor Maguito Vilela fromAparecida de Goiania in Brazil, andConference of Mayors CEO and ExecutiveDirector Tom Cochran, Smith signeda MOU pledging to share best practicesin a variety of key areas. The priorityissue areas will include exchanging bestpractices and learned lessons in dealingwith: the disposal of solid waste; improvinginfrastructure and public transportation;tools for enhancing e-government;and sharing local governance policies.“Our goal through the MOU is toencourage U.S. and Brazilian mayors toexchange experiences, share local policies,and learn from each other abouthow to successfully overcome similarlocal challenges to improve our cities,”said Smith.Vilela, who has vast experience servingin high public office including as a formerGovernor, Congressman and Senator inBrazil, traveled to the U.S. to demonstratethe FNP’s commitment to work jointly withthe Conference of Mayors, at the mayorto-mayorlevel to strengthen internationalcooperation among local leaders. “ForFNP it is an honor to be here to sign adocument of cooperation that benefits thecities of our countries,” said Vilela. “Thisclose friendship between our nations goesback a long way, as we can recall fromhistory that the U.S. was the first countryto recognize the independence of Brazil.Today, the U.S. is the second largest tradingpartner of Brazil.”“We have a lot to learn from Braziland as a neighbor to our south, we reallylook forward to exchanging ideas andincreasing cooperation among our mayors,”said Cochran.Left to right, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, SecondNational Vice President of the Brazilian Association of Mayors (FNP) MayorMaguito Vilela from the City of Aparecida de Goiania in Brazil, and USCMPresident Mayor Scott Smith signed an MOU pledging to create a partnershipbetween USCM and FNP.USCM onthe WEBusmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 13


Baltimore, Racine, York Named Recipients of USCM/WeightWatchers “Healthy Communities Grants”Qualifying CityResidents WillReceive up to$1 Million inWeight WatchersMembershipsThe Conference of Mayors andWeight Watchers International, Inc. (theworld’s leading provider of weight managementservices), during the AnnualMeeting in Las Vegas, named three citiesas recipients of Healthy CommunitiesGrants. The Healthy Communities GrantProgram is a new initiative of the Conferenceof Mayors and Weight Watchers,designed to help communities curbobesity by fostering healthy lifestyles. Thethree winning cities — Baltimore, Racine,and York — were recognized for theirleadership in developing healthy lifestyleprograms within their cities, with a specialfocus on low-income residents and communities.The goal of the Healthy CommunitiesGrants Initiative is to recognizeand broaden innovative solutions to theobesity epidemic by creating partnershipsbetween government, business and communitymembers to work together to fosterhealthier living environments.The winning cities were selected byan independent panel of judges, onefrom each of three population categories(small, medium and large). Each of thethree cities will receive a portion of up to$1 million in partially subsidized WeightWatchers memberships for local residentswho qualify based on health status andfinancial need, in addition a $25,000grant to administer their winning program.Weight Watchers’ program hasbeen shown to be effective at encouragingand sustaining weight loss by morethan 85 clinical studies published over thelast 15 years.The three winning cities were recognizedon June 24 during the morningbusiness session. Weight WatchersInternational, Inc. Marketing Senior VicePresident Cheryl Callan was on hand forthe official award presentation. “Treatmentfor obesity must go beyond thecommonly heard advice to eat less andexercise more,” Callan said during herremarks. “Research shows that peopleare far less likely to be successful whenthey try to lose weight on their own. Theyneed ongoing and consistent support todevelop the sustained behavior changesrequired to lose weight and keep it off.”Callan noted that this need for supportfor weight loss efforts across sectors wasone of the primary motivators for WeightWatchers’ decision to partner with theConference of Mayors on this initiative, aswell as the mayors’ role as CEOs of citiesand their power of the ‘bully pulpit:’ “Youhave the power to shape the environmentwhere your employees work, as well asthe streets and parks where your citizensget active,” Callan said.Brief Descriptions of Each City’sProgramBaltimore: Chronic diseases includingheart disease, type 2 diabetes andstroke are the leading cause of deathand disability in Baltimore City. For thisreason, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakeand the Baltimore City Health DepartmentSan Francisco, IndianapolisSelected to Host AnnualMeetingsThe Site Selection Committee met in Las Vegas and selected the following citiesto host Annual Meetings of The U.S. Conference of Mayors:2015 — San Francisco2016 — IndianapolisDallas had been previously selected to host the 2014 Annual Meeting, whichwill take place on June 20–23.Left to right, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, WeightWatchers International Marketing Senior Vice President Cheryl Callan,USCM President Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Baltimore MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake, Racine Mayor John Dickert, York City HealthBureau Director Barbara Kovacs, USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor ScottSmith, and USCM Second Vice President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnsonhold the check representing nearly $1,000,000 in retail value of WeightWatchers memberships that will be spread across the three winning cities.Senior Vice President for WeightWatchers International CherylCallan presents the first 2013USCM/Weight Watchers HealthyCommunities Awards to the citiesof Baltimore, Racine and York.(BCHD) have identified reduction of cardiovasculardisease and obesity as keyhealth priorities. Reducing obesity andimproving heart health are amongst thepriority areas in Healthy Baltimore 2015,the city’s health policy agenda. BCHDhas undertaken numerous efforts to counterobesity, including providing access tohealthy foods and safe opportunities forphysical activity. One program—B’moreFit for Healthy Babies—is designed tohelp postpartum, low-income women loseweight after giving birth. Weight Watchersleaders host weekly Weight Watchersmeetings, and local fitness experts fromthe YMCA of Central Maryland, BrickBodies and Lewis and Sanders Healthand Fitness offer weekly exercise instructionto participants. Since the program’simplementation in February 2012, morethan a fifth (21.6 percent) of the 278 participantshas lost 10 percent of their bodyweight. The Healthy Communities Grantwill allow the program to expand to servemore women in two high-need Baltimoreneighborhoods and women and men,including seniors, in another area withhigh obesity rates.Racine: Obesity rates are 6 percenthigher for adults in Racine County thanthe national average, making chronic diseaseprevention a top priority for Racine.Mayor John Dickert has led by exampleby participating in “Beat the Boss” andother worksite wellness competitions toshed weight and increase activity. Dickerthas convinced local business leadersto participate in the Well Racine initiative,a component of Well City USA. As aresult, community businesses are successfullyproviding results-oriented wellnessprograms for nearly 16,000 employees.Through the Healthy CommunitiesGrant, Racine hopes to expand its WellCity Racine designation to a Well CountyRacine designation. To meet this goal,Well County Racine businesses will workwith Weight Watchers to offer qualifiedresidents partially subsidized WeightWatchers memberships. This effort willhelp Racine take its successful strategiesfor healthy eating, physical activity,weight loss and reduction of chronic illnessto a new level.York: Inspired by the First Lady’s Let’sMove program, Mayor C. Kim Braceylaunched Let’s Move York City in September2012 and set a goal for residentsto shed 5,000 pounds and log 350,000minutes of physical activity in a year. Let’sMove York City strives to foster healthylifestyles supporting innovative programssuch as “Healthy Kids on the Move,” “PlayStreets” and “Eat, Play, Breathe York.”One in three York residents lives belowthe poverty level, so the Healthy CommunitiesGrant is designed to help parentswho qualify, through body mass indexand income-level criteria, gain accessto partially subsidized Weight Watchersmemberships from the program grant.The goal is to give York adults knowledgeand tools to reach a healthier weight sothat they can, by example, teach theirchildren healthy behaviors and how to bemore active for life.“The U.S. Conference of Mayors haslong been committed to mayor-drivenhealth promotion activities in communitiesnationwide,” said. Conference of MayorsPresident Philadelphia Mayor Michael A.Nutter in announcing the awards. “Weare proud to work with Weight Watcherson this important initiative to help citiessupport qualifying residents in achieving ahealthier lifestyle. We commend Baltimore,Racine and York for their commitment tohealthy living, and congratulate them onbeing selected as grant recipients.”To view videos of each of the winningcities’ initiatives, or for more informationabout the Healthy Communities GrantProgram, contact Crystal Swann on theConference of Mayors staff by telephoneat (202) 861-6707, or send e-mail to atcswann@usmayors.org. You may alsovisit the website usmayors.org/weightwatchersfor more information.Page 14 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


Asheville, Salt Lake City Win Mayors’ Top ClimateProtection AwardsBy Kevin McCartyAsheville Mayor Terry Bellamy andSalt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker werehonored June 21 during the openingplenary session of the Conference’s 81stAnnual Meeting in Las Vegas as the topwinners of the 2013 Mayors’ Climate ProtectionAwards.In opening the special awards luncheon,Conference of Mayors PresidentPhiladelphia Mayor Michael A. Nuttersaid, “If you want to learn about whatcan be done to fight climate change, lookno further than our cities. Today, for theseventh year, we gather to recognize theefforts of mayors who are at the forefrontof climate protection. The Mayors’ ClimateProtection Awards — given to thosemayors who have demonstrated significantleadership and innovation — aredesigned to recognize the ‘best’ of ourbest practices.”In his official statement announcingthe 2013 winners, Nutter said, “MayorBecker and Mayor Bellamy are greatexamples of the strong leadership at thelocal level working on climate protection.As others debate these issues, mayors areacting on real climate solutions, showinghow to curb both energy use and climateharmingemissions.”Salt Lake City Working for aSustainable Future“In Salt Lake City, we are committedto doing what we can right now toaddress the climate change impacts thatare already being felt at a local level, andwill only become more challenging,” saidBecker in comments on winning the topaward among large cities.“Setting goals for ourselves like constructingnet-zero public facilities is one ofthe many things we can do as a communityto help address the mitigation and adaptionnecessities that will ensure a vibrantand sustainable future for our City,” he said.Becker was selected as the top winnerin the large city category for the city’s“net zero” public safety building andSalt Lake Community Solar, a unique,market-driven approach to reducing thecost of solar energy for city businessesand homeowners.Asheville’s Green CapitalImprovement ProgramIn her comments on winning the topaward in the small city category, BellamyClosing Press ConferenceUSCM President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith was joined by a dozen mayorsduring the closing press conference to decry proposed cuts inWashington to reduce CDBG programs in half. According to a reportreleased at the annual meeting, 312,000 jobs would be lost if a proposalis adopted that would cap tax-exempt municipal bonds at 28percent. “Mayors built America with CDBG and municipal bonds. NowWashington wants to demolish these programs when the vast majorityof our metro areas need every means to create jobs,” said Smith.Left to right, Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, USCM Second Vice President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson,USCM Past President Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, SaltLake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Walmart Vice President Greg Hall, USCM President Philadelphia Mayor MichaelA. Nutter, USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, and USCM PastPresident Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz.said, “By reinvesting our energy savingsthrough our Green Capital ImprovementProgram, we are reducing air pollutionin our region, making neighborhoodssafer by installing high quality LED lights,and demonstrating fiscal responsibility byrecycling tax dollars.”At the award ceremony, AshevilleCouncil Member Marc Hunt accepted theaward for Bellamy, stating, “If she [Bellamy]were here today, she would givecredit to her very bright staff who arenot afraid to push the envelope and alsoto the citizens of Asheville, who hold thepublic officials there, the elected officialsaccountable, to do good things with ourpublic resources.”“Mayors are leading the way on climateprotection just like so many otherissues before the nation,” said Conferenceof Mayors CEO and Executive DirectorTom Cochran. “In their cities, we can seethe innovation and imagination that leadsto new strategies to combat the growingenergy and climate challenges before us.”At the session, Nutter also praisedWalmart for its sponsorship of the annualawards program, which is now in itsseventh year, and thanked Greg Hall,Walmart’s Vice President of U.S. Sourcingand Manufacturing for his company’sstrong support of the mayors’ work onclimate protection.In his comments, Hall talked aboutWalmart’s shared commitment with citieson climate protection and how its campaignto promote more U.S. manufacturingis part of their climate strategy. “Climateprotection and U.S. manufacturing actuallydo go together,” said Hall. “The closer youcan get, the more local that your purchasescan be to where the consumption happens,the better it is for the climate.”Hall said the company recently committedto increasing the purchase of U.S.made, sourced and grown goods by $50billion, and that it had also pledged tohire any honorably discharged veteranwho has served in the military in the lastyear. Launched Memorial Day, more thanAsheville Council Member MarcHunt represents Mayor TerryBellamy, the top winner in thesmall city category, during the2013 Mayors’ Climate ProtectionAwards luncheon.1,700 veterans had already been hiredand were working for the company.Honorable Mention WinnersIn addition to the two first place winners,Honorable Mention Awards werepresented to mayors of four large citiesand six small cities.Large cities (with a population of100,000 or more) receiving these awardswere: Akron Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic,Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard,Milwaukee Mayor Thomas Barrett, andWashington (DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray.Small city (below 100,000 population)awardees were: Small City HonorableMentions: Cathedral City (CA) MayorKathleen J. DeRosa, Dubuque (IA) MayorRoy D. Buol, Highland Park (IL) MayorNancy R. Rotering, Hillsboro (OR) MayorJerry Willey, Lancaster (PA) J. RichardGray, and Normal (IL) Mayor Chris Koos.Brief descriptions of 2013 award winningprograms can be found online at: usmayors.org/climateprotection/2013awardees.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 17


DuPont Updates Mayors on Platinum Partnership,Announces Winners of $250,000 for Lead Safe GrantsDuPont Public Relations ManagerMary Kate Campbell spoke to the mayorsabout DuPont’s Platinum Partnership withThe U.S. Conference of Mayors. For thepast 13 years, DuPont has invested morethan $5 million and numerous resourcesto assist mayors in making cities safer,smarter, and healthier.As a part of this program, DuPontawarded a total of $250,000 to four citiesto support their efforts in Lead Safeprograms. Campbell announced thewinners of the Lead Safe for Kids Sakegrant competition.The Award of Distinction winners eachreceived $50,000. They are:• Lansing (MI) Mayor Virg Bernero• Dubuque (IA) Mayor Roy Buol• Denver Mayor Michael HancockThe Award of Excellence winnerreceived a grant of $100,000 for theirapplication. The winner was FresnoMayor Ashley Swearengin.In addition to announcing the LeadSafe Grant winners, Campbell providedan overview of what DuPont has beenworking with mayor’s on over the courseof this year.DuPont sent 20 teachers to the NationalScience Teachers Association’s Conferencein San Antonio. This conferenceis the Super Bowl of science educationwhere teachers attend workshops andlectures that provide them with hands onactivitiesand curriculum to be used in theclassroom. DuPont covered airfare, hoteland conference registration for teachersfrom San Antonio, Fresno, Sacramento,and Dallas.DuPont has also been actively workingwith mayors to send science andmath teachers to their DRIVING SCIENCEprogram. This professional developmentinstitute is sponsored by DuPont MotorSports, Daytona International Speedway,and Clemson University and is heldat different raceways across the country.DRIVING SCIENCE provides a venue forteachers to work to strengthen contentknowledge in STEM disciplines and takethem back to their classrooms.This year, DuPont will sponsor teams ofteachers to attend events at the DarlingtonRaceway, Chicagoland Speedway,Dover International Speedway and TalladegaSuperspeedway.Left to right, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, USCMPresident Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Lead Safe Grant Award ofDistinction Winner Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol, Public Relations Manager forDuPont Mary Kate Campbell, and USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor ScottSmith.Left to right, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, USCMPresident Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Public Relations Managerfor DuPont Mary Kate Campbell, Lead Safe Grant Award of DistinctionWinner Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, and USCM Vice President Mesa MayorScott Smith.Left to right, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, USCMPresident Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Denver Mayor DeputyChief of Staff Stephanie O’Malley, Public Relations Manager for DuPontMary Kate Campbell, and USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.DuPont’s long standing Science in theSchool Day program is still working tobring some of DuPont’s brightest engineersto your cities to show your elementarystudents that science can be fun. Todate, DuPont has brought the programto over 300 cities and 500 schools —reaching over 40,000 students.In addition to getting kids excitedabout science, DuPont has reached outto science teachers in Conference ofMayors cities. In the past six months,DuPont is also donating turn-out gearto cities. As part of DuPont’s Wear TrialsProgram, DuPont made donations ofturn-out gear made with DuPont Kevlarand Nomex to New Orleans and Mesa.This state-of-the-art gear is actively beingworn by fire fighters in those cities.If you are interested in any of theseprograms or would like to schedule aScience in the School Day event, contactthe program at scienceintheschoolday@verizon.net.Left to right, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, USCMPresident Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Lead Safe Grant Award ofExcellence Winner and Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Public RelationsManager for DuPont Mary Kate Campbell, and USCM Vice President MesaMayor Scott Smith.Page 18 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


Mayors Promote Summer Youth Jobs andFinancial EducationDollarWise met with mayors fromacross the country at The U.S. Conferenceof Mayors Annual Meeting in Las Vegasto discuss issues pertaining to financialliteracy and summer youth employment.Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory chaireda June 24 workshop where mayors hadthe opportunity to share their uniqueapproaches to providing summer jobs toyouth and maintaining robust financialliteracy initiatives in their cities.Mayors promoted the National SummerYouth Jobs Challenge, which allowscities to register their summer jobs programsonline for the opportunity to berecognized at the 2014 USCM WinterMeeting. They also discussed the Dollar-Wise Summer Youth Jobs Contest, whichallows youth involved in summer jobs tocomplete an online financial educationcurriculum and win an assortment of prizes.These initiatives are part of the Dollar-Wise goal of integrating financial literacyinto every summer youth job by 2015.Mallory kicked off the workshop withremarks on his city’s Summer Youth JobsExpo, which works with over 5,000 youthand 100 employers to provide job opportunitiesfor young people. His programincorporates a financial literacy into eachyouth’s work experience.Washington (DC) Mayor VincentGray spoke about his city’s SummerYouth Employment Program. Operatingthrough DC’s Department of EmploymentServices, the initiative serves over 14,000youth per year. The city invites privatecompanies and nonprofit organizationsto participate in placing youth in theirorganizations for 6 weeks.Chester Mayor John Linder discussedhis city’s Employer Paid Internship program,which places over a 100 youth,ages 16-21, in summer jobs across thecity. Linder works directly with privatecompanies and nonprofit organizationsto place youth in summer jobs. Youth inthe program complete a financial literacycomponent, which includes training onbudgeting and personal finance.Global Corporate Social Responsibilityof Bank of America Charitable FoundationSenior Vice President Wynne Lum spokeon the importance of providing summeryouth employment and financial literacyto youth in all cities. He also touched onsome of the great work that Bank of Americais currently doing to support financialliteracy and summer youth employment incities across the United States.Wichita Director of Housing MaryVaughn spoke about Wichita Mayor CarlBrewer’s Way to Work program, whichprovides paid work experience to youthages 14 and 15 living in public or section8 housing. The program also includes apaid, four-hour skills workshop sessionLeft to right, Chester Mayor John Linder, Ximena Delgado of The Bank ofAmerica Foundation, Washington (DC) Mayor Vincent Gray, The Bank ofAmerica Foundation Wynne Lum, Pinellas Park Mayor Sandra Bradbury,Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.each week, which includes financial literacytraining.Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had the opportunity to discuss Baltimore’sYouthWorks Summer Jobs Program,which places 5,000 young people, ages14-21, in employment opportunities at morethan 400 worksites. The program alsoincludes a robust financial education componentfor youth involved in the program.Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown thenclosed the session with remarks on his city’sSummer Youth Job Program, which providesyouth ages 16-21 with work experiencein businesses and community organizationsacross the city. While in the program,youth learn important skills includingbusiness etiquette, and are granted exposureto potential career fields.To register for the National SummerYouth Jobs Challenge, visit the websitewww.usmayors.org/jobschallenge. To registerfor the DollarWise Summer Youth JobsContest, youth with summer jobs can visitthe website: www.bedollarwise.org/syc.For more information on the DollarWiseCampaign, contact Program ManagerJames Kirby by phone at: (202) 861-6759,or send email to: jkirby@usmayors.org.312,000 Jobs Will be Lost Annually by Administration,Congressional Proposal to Limit Tax Exempt BondsBy Dave GattonIn a new report released June 24 byThe U.S. Conference of Mayors at its 81stAnnual Meeting in Las Vegas, nearly312,000 jobs would be lost annually ifPresident Obama’s proposal to limit taxexempt municipal bonds were to becomelaw. The National League of Cities joinedthe Conference of Mayors in sponsoringthe study.Prepared by IHS Global Insight, thereport says that in 2012, if the President’s28 percent benefit cap on municipalbonds had been in effect, these lost jobswould have cost workers $16.4 billionof labor income, and the U.S. economywould have lost $24.7 billion of GrossDomestic Product (GDP).Under a full repeal scenario, proposedby the Simpson-Bowles Commission,nearly 900,000 jobs would be lost annually,accounting for $46.9 billion in lostwages, and $70.7 billion in lost GDP.“Mayors built America…withmunicipal bonds,” said Conferenceof Mayors PresidentMesa Mayor Scott Smith. “NowAmerica wants to demolish theseprograms when the vast majorityof our metro areas need everymeans to create jobs,” he said.“Changing the tax exemptstatus of municipal bonds issimply a bad idea,” said PhiladelphiaMayor Michael Nutter,Conference of Mayors ImmediatePast President.Last week, Senate FinanceCommittee Chair Senator MaxBaucus (MT) and Ranking MemberSenator Orin Hatch (UT)said they would start the taxreform process with a cleanslate, meaning that all tax benefitsand preferences would beremoved and senators wouldhave to justify placing them backinto the proposed legislation. The Houseis likely to take a similar approach.Tax exempt municipal bonds havebeen used for over 100 years to build thenation’s schools, hospitals, roads, transitsystems, water and wastewater systemsand other critical infrastructure.Over the last decade (2003-2013),localities financed $1.65 trillion of theseinfrastructure projects through tax exempt,municipal bonds. Had the 28 percent capbeen in effect during the decade, it wouldhave cost state and local governments anadditional $173 billion of additional interestexpense. With full repeal, those interestcosts would have increased to $495 billion.For a full copy of the report, U.S. MetroEconomies: Jobs Impact on Proposals toLimit the Municipal Bond Market, visit thewebsite usmayors.org.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 19


Mayors and Business Leaders SpeakersLeft to right, USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, HDR VicePresident David Cobb, and Mayors Business Council Chair Long BeachMayor Bob Foster recognize Cobb for his service as co-chair of the MayorsBusiness Council Steering Committee.Siemens Corporation State and LocalGovernment Affairs Director TomPhilips, co-chair Mayors BusinessCouncil Steering committee.Oscar Goodman, former mayorof Las Vegas (1999-2011), discusseshis book “Being Oscar” atthe Mayors and Business LeadersBreakfast.USCM Mayors Business CouncilChair Long Beach Mayor Bob Fosteraddresses mayors and businessleaders.Mueller Systems, Inc. Vice Presidentof Sales Dan Hack, sponsor ofthe Mayors and Business LeadersBreakfastPhilips Lighting Chairman EmeritusZia Eftekhar, co-sponsor of theInaugural Luncheon honoringUSCM 71st President Mesa MayorScott Smith.JP Morgan Chase & Co. Arizonaand Nevada Market ManagerJoe Stewart, co-sponsor of theInaugural Luncheon honoringUSCM 71st President Mesa MayorScott Smith.Newton (MA) Mayor Setti Warren, Chair of the USCM CommunityDevelopment and Housing Committee, encourages mayors to callmembers of the House of Representatives and urge them to opposedeep cuts in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programand the HOME Investment Partnerships program. Warren alsoannounced a new USCM website dedicated to CDBG. He called formayors to develop their own city CDBG webpage on the new site,which will show Congress and others the accomplishments and valueof the CDBG program. Warren addressed the mayors during Sunday’s(June 23) plenary session.USCM Past President Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino could notattend the Annual Meeting, but spoke to his colleagues via teleconferenceand was honored by a special resolutions offered by NewtonMayor Setti Warren.Page 20 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


SPECiAL ForuMSU.S. Mayors Lead the Way for EmployeeBenefits Governance, Best PracticesBy Kathryn Kretschmer-WeylandOver 30 mayors from around thecountry gathered for a special forumhighlighting best practices in employeebenefits at this year’s 81st Annual Meetingheld in Las Vegas. Mayors heardfrom a panel of experts in topics rangingfrom investments, wellness programs,457(b) defined contribution plans, andsupplemental employee insurance.Kicking off the panel was ColonialLife Public Sector Manager Bill Heydt. Hefocused on a study conducted by the GovernmentFinance Officers Association,explaining key ways that cities can savemoney through prudent management oftheir health and benefits programs. Heydthighlighted three key areas for cost savingsthat mayors could apply immediatelyin their cities: dependent verification, Section125 flexible spending programs, andwellness initiatives. Through the Conferenceof Mayors partnership with ColonialLife, cities can take advantage of thesesolutions at no cost.After Heydt summarized the GFOA’sfindings, mayors also shared what worksin their cities: a smoking cessation program,as explained by Des MoinesMayor Frank Cownie, and a boot campexercise program used by HallandaleBeach Mayor Joy Cooper.The session also included guidance onmeeting fiduciary obligations in city retirementprograms. As U.S. Conference ofMayors CEO and Executive Director TomCochran explained, “We are providingmuch needed information and updateson responsible investment practices, andallowing for access to a group of expertsthat can answer questions at no cost.”Left to right, Colonial Life Public Sector Manager Bill Heydt, ConsultantGregg Seller, Great-West Financial VP of Investments Cathe Tocher, USCMPresident Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Great-West Financial VP ofClient Services Theresa Cruz-Myers, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin,USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, and USCM CEO andExecutive Director Tom Cochran.Left to right, Pinellas Park (FL) Mayor Sandra Bradbury, USCM CEO andExecutive Director Tom Cochran, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, andGreat-West Financial VP Theresa Cruz-Myers celebrate Pinellas Park’s transitionto the USCM Retirement Program.Great-West Financial InvestmentsSenior Vice President Cathe Tocher provideda condensed market update toforum attendees. This topic provideduseful information for pension plans,other long-term investments, and personalfinances. On the heels of a majormarket shift the week of June 14, Tocherexplained that this was part of a continuingtrend that the market is recoveringand will continue to bounce back afterthe slow trough of the financial crisis.The forum concluded with best practiceinformation presented by retirementplan expert Gregg Seller. Seller coveredfourteen current trends and best practices,highlighting statistics around automaticenrollment. While on average 26percent of public sector employees savein a supplemental retirement program,of employees who where automaticallyenrolled, 98 percent continued saving.This is an incredible number, and one thatcertainly resonated with the audience.Great-West Financial Client Services VicePresident Theresa Cruz Myers furtherelaborated on how these best practicesare available to cities through the Conferenceof Mayors Retirement Program withGreat-West.Incoming U.S. Conference of MayorsPresident Mesa Mayor Scott Smith echoedhis support, explaining, “I can only exceedas high as my employees perform. This isa number one priority for me.”Through its partnerships with Great-West Financial and Colonial Life, TheU.S. Conference of Mayors is dedicatedto making affordable, innovative, andcompetitive employee benefits a realityfor all cities.For more information on how toimplement these programs in your city,contact Jeff Bean at 202-446-8140/jbean@usmayors.org, or contact JeannieFanning at 240-393-9672/ jfanning@usmayors.org.Forum Examines Resurgence of Streetcars in AmericaBy Elizabeth RendaMayors from all across the countryjoined a panel of experts for a specialforum on the resurgence of streetcars asa transportation option in cities, titled“The American Streetcar — A CityComeback Story.”The June 22 session, led by Portland(OR) Mayor Charlie Hales, featured apanel dialogue with participating mayorson streetcar investment and development.Joining with Hales were Federal TransitAdministration Regional AdministratorLeslie Rogers, who offered advice on howto access federal resources to supportlocal streetcar projects, and Siemens VicePresident for Strategic Business DevelopmentRobin Stimson, who shared his perspectiveson the expanding market forstreetcar systems throughout the U.S.Hales introduced the forum participantsto some of the top issues and challengesin developing a streetcars locally, drawingupon a lifetime of experience in the industrywhere he had established a nationalreputation as a top private sector leader inthe field. As now mayor of a city that hasbeen at the forefront of the nation’s streetcarrevival and one that continues to demonstratethe transportation and economicvalue of investing in these systems, Halesadvised his mayoral colleagues on actionsto consider in working to bring streetcarsto their cities and regions.“There is an impressive parade ofstreetcar projects lined up for the next fewyears,” Hales said. “These include projectsin Washington (DC), Seattle, Tucson,Dallas, Atlanta, Kansas City, Cincinnati,Detroit, and more.”“It’s a really exciting time for streetcars,”said Rogers. “I’m struck by the title of thisRight to left, Portland (OR) Mayor Charlie Hales, Federal Transitsession — it is indeed a comeback story.”Administration Region IX Administrator Leslie Rogers, and Siemens VicePresident for Strategic Business Development Robin Stimson. See StrEETCArs on page 22July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 21


SPECiAL ForuMSUSCM, Google Partner to Get America’sSmall Businesses OnlineBy David W. Burns, Monica Attia,and Steven LeeThe United States Conference of Mayorsand Google launched a partnershipbuilt around getting America’s smallbusinesses online during the 81st AnnualMeeting in Las Vegas. This partnershipstrives to allow mayors to better help theirsmall business communities, the majorityof which still do not have a web siteor web presence. This potentially costingthem business now that most people discoverlocal shops, restaurants, and servicesusing the web.The initial partnership announcementcame during the June 22 Opening Plenarysession. Conference of Mayors CEOand Executive Director Tom Cochran wasjoined by Google Director of Public PolicyPablo Chavez and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.With this, the Get Your BusinessOnline City Challenge was launched. TheCity Challenge encourages mayors tojoin the program and find creative waysto motivate their small business communityto get their business online.To make things easier, Google is offeringsmall businesses a complete website, including the hosting, the domainname, and the design, all free for oneyear. Chavez noted that, “Today about a135,000 businesses have gone throughthe program and it’s been really tremendousand amazing experience to seehow quickly a small business can reallyleverage the power of the web and inmany ways become a global company ina matter of days.”Leffingwell discussed the success of the“Austin Get Your Business Online Program.”Originally, 67 percent of Austin’s privatesector is comprised of small business anda fourth of those businesses did not havewebsites. Google worked alongside Austinto provide businesses with seminars. “Thecity small business development programagain partnered with Google to offercourses like: Getting your business online,Left to right, Vice President of Google.org Matthew Stepka, BaltimoreMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, USCM Second Vice President SacramentoMayor Kevin Johnson, Senior Policy Advisor for Google Jenny Backus,USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Austin Mayor LeeLeffingwell, and Policy Manager for Google Derek Slater.Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell talksto mayors about Austin’s recentwork with Googleintroduction to search engine marketing,and running your business online,” saidLeffingwell. Austin has also introduced afree map and online directory, LocallyAustin.org,that has around 9,000 small businessesconnected.The announcement was followed byan afternoon workshop titled “Makingthe Web Work for America’s Cities.” Theforum was moderated by Conference ofMayors 2nd Vice President SacramentoMayor Kevin Johnson and featured Conferenceof Mayors Vice President MesaMayor Scott Smith, Baltimore MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake and Leffingwell.The forum discussed how cities areable to use the web increase connectivity,inclusiveness, and efficiency.Joined by Google’s Derek Slater, MatthewStepka, and Jenny Backus, each ofthese mayors discussed three key areaswhere the internet and the web work forcities; access, civic innovation and engagement,and connecting business. EachGoogler sat with a mayor for a one-onone“Ignite conversation” to discuss localhappenings and how cities can do more.The second half of the forum was ledby Soo Young Kim and Scott Levitan fromGoogle, both of whom have worked onthe Get Your Business Online initiative fora couple years. They went into greaterdetail about the City Challenge itself.“The City Challenge gives mayors andcities the tools and resources to championthe cause of getting small businesses in ourGoogle Public Policy Director PabloChavez discusses the “Get YourBusiness Online” program andGoogle’s new partnership withUSCM.communities online and growing. Workingtogether, we can build a future whereevery business is succeeding on the web— a future of stronger businesses buildingstronger communities,” said Levitan.The City Challenge is a yearlong effortwhere Google and the Conference ofMayors will recognize winners in a large,medium, and small city categories at the82nd Annual Meeting in Dallas with thewinning cities receiving an award and atechnology package valued at $50,000from Google.The City Challenge will provide customizedlogos, press releases, socialmedia toolkits, and PSA scripts to all participatingcities dedicated in giving onlineaccess to small businesses.Mayors who sign up for the City Challengewill receive a toolkit that includes acustomized logo for their city initiative, asample press release to distribute to localnews outlets, a social media toolkit includingsharegraphics, and scripts for developingradio or video PSAs on the importanceof getting local businesses online.Learn more about the Get Your BusinessOnline City Challenge and sign uponline at http://www.usmayors.org/gybo.StrEETCArsfrom page 21As the current Region IX Administrator, heoversees federal partnership investmentsin streetcar systems across a number oflocal areas in California and Arizona.As a global leader in streetcar manufacturing,Stimson talked about howSiemens and the broader industry areresponding to the growing demand forstreetcar systems throughout the U.S.,offering insights on how cities can takeadvantage of available technology.The panelists discussed in depth theways that streetcar systems add value tocities and local areas, citing the biggestbenefit as their ability to attract businessesand improve local economies. “The corridorin South Lake Union in Seattle wasprimarily empty before the streetcar systemwas built there,” Hales said. “Amazonchose to locate themselves there becauseof the project. That’s the benefit.”Once found in more than 800 Americancities, streetcars nearly disappearedin the United States. With more than 40cities and local areas across the countrynow using, or planning to return to, thisunique form of urban transport, a streetcarrevival is underway.USCM onthe WEBusmayors.orgPage 22 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


SPECiAL ForuMSForum Focuses on Mayors’ Role in Making Schools SafeBy Monica AttiaIssues ranging from the importance ofSchool Resource Officers, to preventingschool shootings, to aiding children withmental illness were on the agenda of theSchool Safety Forum held on June 23during the Annual Conference of Mayorsin Las Vegas. Chaired by Fresno MayorAshley Swearengin, the session broughttogether experts on several aspects ofschool safety for a wide-ranging discussionof the role that mayors can play inkeeping schools safe. The forum was sponsoredby Target, and the mayor openedit by thanking the Target representativeswho were present. It was through the generosityof Target, the Mayor said, that theforum could be offered to the mayors inthe Las Vegas meeting.Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Stricklandopened the discussion, briefing the mayorson the various forms that school violencecan take — including bullying andthe use of guns — and the success of theTacoma schools in responding to them.Five of Tacoma’s schools are assignedSchool Resource Officers (SROs) whocollect intelligence and foster positiverelationships with the students, the mayorexplained. While students in general maybe reluctant to disclose information onviolent incidents, she said, the SRO cancreate an environment that encouragesstudents to come forward.The mayor explained how a budgetdeficit has forced Tacoma to make cutbacksin school staffing, but grant fundshave enabled all schools to maintain theirSROs. On the issue of the availabilityof guns, Strickland said that support ofcommon sense gun legislation does nothave to equate with opposition of SecondAmendment rights.National Association of SchoolResource Officers Executive Director MoCanady explained to the mayors thatthe overall goal of the SRO is to bridgethe gap between the police departmentand the school while also engaging parents.Canady explained that the SRO is acareer police officer who is selected andtrained for the role he or she is to playas a school resource, not a disciplinarian.He referred to a report released in October2012 which shows the extent to whichpublic schools have become safer overthe last two decades. Between 1994 and2009, he said, juvenile arrests fell by 50percent in conjunction with the growth ofthe SRO program. In his remarks, Canadystressed the importance of creating aMemorandum of Understanding betweenlaw enforcement and the schools in whichSROs serve.John Nicoletti, a psychologist specializingin school violence prevention,Left to right, Target Government Affairs Senior Group Manager Thad Hellman, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin,NAMI Minnesota Executive Director Sue Aberderholden, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Target GovernmentalAffairs Associate Specialist Kate Kunitz, NASRO Executive Director Mo Canady, and John Nicoletti.shifted the focus of the forum discussionto the dynamics of mass shootings andthe two types of mass shooters — insidersand outsiders. Insider shooters, heexplained, are on the radar of the schoolbefore an attack occurs, while outsidersare not. Members of both categories areinherently the same, he said, but insiderswill “broadcast” to the group before anattack. Ninety-two percent of attackersare insiders whose attacks could havebeen prevented through recognition oftheir broadcasting signs, he said.Another aspect of mass shootings,Nicoletti explained, relates to the amountof time that passes between the eventthreshold — that is, when an attackerappears on the radar — and the eventhorizon, which is when attackers “go tactical”and essentially draw blood. Becauseconsiderable time may pass between theevent threshold and event horizon, hesaid, attack plans can be disrupted bystopping the singular focus on mental illnessand believing all broadcasts. Nicolettialso stressed that centralized datacollection systems need to expand. A newgeneration of risk management, he said,is counter management, with studentsand parents as detectors, parents andteachers as disruptors, and teachers andpolice officials as reactors. Through collectiveaction, Nicoletti explains, a potentialattacker can be kept from progressingbeyond the event threshold.The discussion shifted to children’s mentalhealth issues with National Associationof Mental Illness (NAMI) for MinnesotaExecutive Director Sue Abderholden,reminding the mayors of the importance ofchildren’s health to the society as a whole,and of the fact that violence and mentalillness are not necessarily linked. In use inschools, she explained, is Positive BehavioralInterventions and Supports (PBIS), aframework through which school personnelcan acknowledge the positive behaviorof children and which provides an opportunityto ”reteach” rather than punish.Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch makes a point on school safety.Because half of all mentally ill adultsbegan experiencing symptoms of mentalillness before the age of 15, Abderholdenexplained, the capacity to treat mentalillness in children is a necessity. Andbecause mental health professionals arefound in community agencies, she said,it is recommended that schools collaboratewith these agencies. Partnering witha mental health agency, she said, allowsfor self-sustainability because the agencybills insurance carriers to cover costs.Overall, about 70 percent of the treatmentis clinical, with ancillary supportand care coordination in cases of physicaldisabilities. Further, she says, communityagencies eliminate barriers forlow-income parents of children needingtreatment while maintaining patient privacy,regardless of school transfers. Theagencies can also cover students duringschool switches and during the summervacation months.Abderholden believes that the primaryfocus of child mental health should be inthe schools, and that school-wide trainingin mental health should be provided. InMinnesota, she said, the NAMI programstarted in 2007 and, by 2008, 2,000 childrenwere treated. Of these, nearly 65percent had not been treated previously.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 23


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESMayors Look to Education of the FutureBy Kathy Amoroso“I’m committing Salt Lake City to takinga much larger role in working towardcontinued excellence in education,” SaltLake City Mayor Ralph Becker told hisfellow mayors at the Jobs, Educationand the Workforce Standing Committee.“Our city schools, like most in the country,continue to struggle with achievementgaps that persist along lines of ethnicityand income classification. We know thatdoing what we can as a city to ensure anexcellent education path for every studentmay be the best way to ensure a brightfuture for our entire community.”One of those ways could well be SaltLake City’s new Innovation High School,a free, public school open year-round,which doesn’t have a start or end time onthe school day and students get to choosetheir own pace.“What we are trying to do in Salt Lakeis create something that has not been createdbefore,” said Ken Grover, principalof Innovations and Salt Lake City Districtdirector of secondary education support.“Students are allowed to dictate how theywill take their coursework.Students can learn in a variety ofways, including in traditional classrooms,through digital textbooks, at a communitycollege and/or at a career and technicaleducation center. Teachers and parentscan track students’ daily work and progressonline. The goal of Innovations HighSchool is to help students take advantageof their “peak learning time” through selfdirectedand self-paced learning. “Whichmeans that students can move throughtheir school work at their pace and if theyhave the competency and capacity tomove quicker, but still through an aggressivecurriculum, they have that ability to doLeft to right, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, PembrokePines Mayor Frank Ortis and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.so,” explains Principal Kenneth Grover.Grover said Innovations could helpteens at all ends of the academic spectrum.But he said it’s time to try newapproaches to reach the kids for whomthe traditional model doesn’t fit.“The idea was, what does educationlook like as it moves forward,” Grover said,“and we think this is where it needs to be.”Big Picture Learning Co-Founder andCo-Director Elliot Washor and author ofLeaving to Learn is of a similar mindset.“Isn’t it time to try more innovative waysto address the challenges of our nation’sdropout rate? We can keep kids in schoolby delivering learning experiences thatmatter to them. The first step is takingdown the barriers between school and theoutside world. The first step is letting themleave….leave to learn,” he told the mayors.Washor offered what he called aproven, innovative solution for stemmingthe flow of drop-outs and breaking thecycle of disengagement that leads up toit — Leaving to Learn. In order to retainstudents through to graduation, schoolsmust offer experiences where students dosome of their learning outside of schoolincluding: internships, travel, communityservice, independent projects, and more.Schools must also seamlessly integratestudents’ outside learning with in-schoolcurriculum, and assign academic creditfor out-of-school accomplishments.“We have a bold strategy for revitalizingschools and for graduating and preparingyoung people for success in theirfuture learning and work. This “leavingto learn” strategy is driven by our imageof that future. Our goal is not merely tograduate every student but to preparegraduates who are uncommonly readyfor success in their workplaces and theircommunities,” Washor said.Adopted Resolutions• Resolution in Support of the Reauthorizationand Funding of the WorkforceInvestment Act• Resolution in Support of the NationalNetwork for Manufacturing InnovationAct• Advanced Manufacturing• U.S. Conference of Mayors Prioritiesfor the Elementary and SecondaryEducation Act Reauthorization• Resolution on College Completion andAffordability• Resolution to Advance College andCareer Readiness for All Students• U.S. Conference of Mayors Prioritiesfor Smarter Spending on our Cities’Schools• U.S. Conference of Mayors Prioritiesfor Investing in High Quality EarlyChildhood Education• In Support of Preschool for All FourYear Olds in Low and ModerateIncome Families• In Support of Expanded Care forInfants and Toddlers through EarlyHead Start and Child Care Programs• In Support of Additional MandatoryFunding to Extend and Expand CurrentFederal Investments in Home VisitationProgram, All of Which are Paid for anIncrease in Tobacco Excise Taxes• A Call to Action to Reduce SummerLearning Loss Among our Nation’sChildren and Youth; Science, Technology,Engineering, Art and Mathematics(STEAM) Education• U.S. Conference of Mayors Prioritiesfor Advancing Quality Teachingthrough Professional, Highly CompetitivePay• Investing in America’s OpportunityYouth• Investing in Summer Youth Jobs andFinancial Education• Resolution to Eradicate Bullying fromAmerica’s Schools• Arts Education• Support Increased Technology Inclusionfor Underrepresented Communities• U.S. Conference of Mayors Prioritiesfor Advancing on Common CoreState Standards Implementing WithoutDelayHelping Veterans Get Benefits They Earned IsFocus of Veterans Affairs Task ForceBy Larry JonesAuburn Mayor Peter Lewis, Chair ofthe Veterans Affairs Task Force, introduceda panel of speakers at the June21 meeting, who discussed a variety oftopics mostly aimed at informing mayorsabout the benefits and services availableto veterans in local communities.The focus of the discussion was on howmost veterans are not taking advantageof these benefits and services; and howmayors can partner with federal agencies,the private sector, and organizationsthat serve veterans, to better help veteransget the support they are entitled to,while at the same time helping local communitiessee this as an opportunity foreconomic development.Left to right, Orangehat Group Principal Randall Skoglund, 50thAnniversary of Vietnam War Commemoration Director General MickKicklighter, USCM Veterans Affairs Task Force Chair Aburn Mayor PeteLewis, Association of Defense Communities CEO and Executive Director TimFord, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Intergovernmental AffairsDeputy Assistant Secretary John Garcia, and U.S. Interagency Council onEnding Homelessness Executive Director Barbara Poppe.Veterans Affairs BenefitsDepartment of Veterans Affairs (VA)Office of Intergovernmental Affairs DeputyAssistant Secretary John Garcia toldmayors that as the nation continues todownsize the military, 1.5 million troopswill leave military service and enter localcommunities across the nation over thenext five years. He told mayors that theVA is divided into three separate siloswhich provide assistance to veterans: veteranshealth services, veterans benefitsand national cemeteries. Although theseand many other benefits and services areavailable to assist veterans, he said 65percent of veterans have not filed for thebenefits they are entitled to. Garcia challengedmayors to view returning veteransas revenue generators. He pointed out thatthe VA’s budget is $140 billion and that$120 billion of that amount goes to statesfor education, healthcare, constructionSee VETErnans on page 39Page 24 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESMayors Adopt Policy to Improve Wellness, Bolster EarlyEducation, and Combat “Choking Game”By Paul LerouxSeeking to improve the health andwell-being of all city residents, the Children,Health and Human Services StandingCommittee held its annual meetingon June 21 in Las Vegas. The committeeplaced a special emphasis on the safetyand school-readiness of America’s children,and formally considered elevenresolutions. Its discussion on “the ChokingGame” paved the way for a twelfth,which was later approved by the entireU.S. Conference of Mayors membership.Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt, thecommittee’s chairman, began the meetingby highlighting the importance ofmayors and city governments in makinga difference for their youngest residents.He noted two particular initiatives fromhis city, Kids Day and the CommunityPartnership for Children, which he creditedwith increasing community amongover 15,000 children from Green Bayand increasing kindergarten readiness.Washington (DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray,the committee’s vice chair, reiterated theimportance of caring for residents froman early age, detailing his city’s plansto move toward universal enrollment inearly childhood education. In keepingwith these priorities, two of the committee’sresolutions called for strengtheningcommitments to early childhood educationnationally.Left to right, CHHS Chair Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt, HHS Directorof Intergovernmental Affairs Paul DiGuardi, Choking Game SpokespersonJeana Monroe, and Racine Mayor John Dickert.One of the committee’s guests, JeanaMonroe, prompted further action fromthe committee on the issue of child safety.Monroe lost her son last December to anew trend known as the Choking Game,in which teenagers experiment with chokingthemselves as a way of getting whatthey perceive to be a cost-free high. Monroestressed that the epidemic is fatal,and urged mayors to increase awarenessof the trend and its deadliness. She notedthat 93% of parents and 33% of doctorsare unaware of the Choking Game, while6-16% of children have participated in it.“This is a really big topic that our childrenknow about but we don’t as parentsand community leaders,” Monroe said.Inspired by Monroe’s perseverance andcall to action, the mayors of the committeebegan work on a resolution toincrease awareness, which was unanimouslyapproved at the Conference ofMayors business session three days later.The committee also interacted withPaul T. Dioguardi, Director of the Officeof Intergovernmental and External Affairsat the U.S. Department of Health andHuman Services. Dioguardi provided themayors with an update on the implementationof the 2010 Affordable Care Act,informing them of grant programs to helpcommunity organizations shepherd theuninsured through the process of gettinginsurance. He encouraged mayors to visithealthcare.gov and marketplace.cms.govfor further information.Adopted Resolutions• In Support of the President’s 2013National Drug Control Strategy• HIV Discrimination and CriminalizationFurthering the Urban Food Revolution• U.S. Conference of Mayors Prioritiesfor Investing in High Quality EarlyChildhood Education• In Support of Preschool for AllFour Year Olds in Low and ModerateIncome Families; In Support ofExpanded Care for Infants and ToddlersThrough Early Head Start andChild Care Programs; In Support ofAdditional Mandatory Funding toExtend and Expand Current FederalInvestments in Home Visitation Program;All of Which Are Paid for anIncrease In Tobacco Excise Taxes Artsand Healing• Promotion of Influenza VaccinationAmong Medically Vulnerable AfricanAmerican and Hispanic Populations• Support for Urban Aquaculture DevelopmentWellness in Real Estate• A Call to Action to Reduce SummerLearning Loss Among Our Nation’sChildren and Youth• Resolution to Eradicate Bullying fromAmerica’s Schools• In Support of Raising Awareness of theDangers of “The Choking Game”Mayors Work to Create Equal Access to Local FoodBy Paul LerouxMayors from around the countryjoined together on June 21 to discussbringing healthy local food to residentsfrom all walks of life. The conversationtook place during a meeting of The U.S.Conference of Mayors Food Policy TaskForce, part of the 81st Annual Conferenceof Mayors in Las Vegas.Calling the meeting to order, BaltimoreMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake,the task force vice-chair, called on mayorsto share best practices. As mayors,Rawlings-Blake said, “We take pridein being leaders in food access.” Sheemphasized that part of taking leadershipmeant learning from each other, sothat individual cities “Don’t have to reinventthe wheel,” with each initiative.Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodmanrecounted her own experience with foodaccess issues. In 2012, Goodman participatedin the SNAP challenge, spending aweek living on $4.06 a day in order to betterunderstand the challenges faced by herneediest residents. Goodman noted thatas she expected, the provisions availableto her on that budget lacked both varietyand nutritional benefits. Goodman saidshe learned how difficult it was to accessthe benefits and sign up for them, and thatlack of transportation can magnify nutritionaldeficits by limiting access to healthyfoods. Goodman urged her fellow mayorsto learn more about the program, and toeducate themselves and their residents onthe ways to access existing benefits.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer echoedthe need to work on food access, presentinga study on Louisville’s demand forlocal food. Contrary to popular stereotypes,Fischer said, “People from all partsof the community and all income levelswant local food.” Fischer noted that of $3billion in total annual demand for food inLouisville, up to $800 million is demandfor local food, which residents know ismore nutritious and more beneficial to thelocal economy. Moving toward meetingthis broad demand, Fischer is workingwith farmers’ markets, restaurants andurban gardeners to “link demand andsupply” and “move from agri-business toagri-culture” throughout the metro area.In this same regard, Rawlings-Blaketold her fellow mayors that Baltimorewas working toward providing accessto healthy food in food deserts by 2016.She detailed the use of virtual supermarketsand public markets in and aroundsubsidized housing, the strategies thatBaltimore is using to encourage healthyretailers to expand their operations intoexisting food deserts, and the land-leasingprogram for urban agriculture knownas “Homegrown Baltimore.”United States Department of AgricultureRural Development Nevada StateDirector Sarah Adler, who addressedthe importance of increasing local foodaccess, also joined the mayors. “Withproduction agriculture we’re going tofeed the world,” she said. “But with localfood agriculture, we’re going to feed ourselves.”Adler urged mayors to think oflocal and regional food systems as “hubs”for economic, nutritional, and educationalbenefits. She then directed mayors tothe Department of Agriculture’s resourcesfor improving local food systems.Adler and Rawlings-Blake closed byemphasizing the necessity of passing a2013 Farm Bill in order to ensure the continuedprovision of these federal resources.They both urged persistence frommayors in advocating for that legislation.Left to right, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Task Force Vice Chair BaltimoreMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman andUSDA Nevada State Director for Rural Development Sarah Adler.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 25


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESWomen Mayors Elect New Leadership, Hear from FormerFBI Head, Human Trafficking ExpertBy Joan CriggerLeft to right, Retired Judge Nancy Becker, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G.Goodman, Retired FBI Special Agent in Charge Ellen Knowlton, newlyelected Chair of the Women Mayors Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, andMiramar Mayor Lori Moseley, past Chair of the Women Mayors.The Women Mayors’ Caucus met June21 during the 81st Annual Conference ofMayors in Las Vegas. Miramar Mayor LoriMoseley, Chair of the Women Mayors,opened the meeting and thanked all themayors for being there. She also thankedConference of Mayors President PhiladelphiaMayor Michael A. Nutter and Conferenceof Mayors CEO and ExecutiveDirector Tom Cochran for stopping by tosay a few words to the women mayors.The first order of business was the electionof a new chair and vice chair. Moseleyintroduced Southfield Mayor BrendaLawrence who chaired the NominatingCommittee. Serving with her were FresnoMayor Ashley Swearengin and TamaracMayor Beth Talabisco. Lawrence reportedthat the Nominating Committee hadselected Monrovia Mayor Mary AnnLutz, current Vice Chair, to be Chair andClarksville Mayor Kim McMillan to be ViceChair. Lawrence then moved adoption ofthe Report. The motion was secondedand the vote was unanimous to accept theNominating Committee Report.Moseley then introduced Las VegasMayor Carolyn Goodman, host of the81st Annual Meeting, to introduce thefirst speaker. Goodman welcomed themayors to Las Vegas with a hearty, “Gowomen!” She then went on to introduceEllen B. Knowlton, former head of the FBIin Las Vegas, and currently President ofthe Board of the Mob Museum.Knowlton opened her remarks indicatingthat she wanted to present the personalside of being an agent, from theperspective of a woman. Ellen said thatimmediately prior to graduating from theFBI Academy, the instructor said that atleast one of them would be involved in ashooting within two months.Knowlton was assigned to the Sacramentooffice where she was involved inthree major crimes in her first three days.On day one there was a major kidnappingof a child in Modesto where she found herselfin the middle of a just irrigated almondorchard, looking for the kidnappers andup to her ankles in mud. They arrested thekidnappers and recovered the child alive.Knowlton quickly learned to always carrya change of clothes.The next day, according to Knowlton,there was a robbery planned in Stocktonthat the agents had learned about froman informant. Thinking they had all theplans, the agents were set to make anarrest at the bank, when an unknownbank robber entered the bank from a differentdirection and opened fire on hundredsof people. Knowlton’s partner wasshot. Another agent then shot and killedthe robber.On day three, there was another bankrobbery that they had learned aboutfrom an informant. The agent in chargeasked Knowlton to disguise herself as ateller. She said she told him, “Only if I geta shotgun.”Knowlton went on to describe othermajor events in her career. In closing, shesaid her career was wonderful and exciting.She also asked the women mayorsthat if they had not met their local agentin charge to please call him or her andset up an appointment.Following Knowlton, Lt. Karen Hughes,a supervisor in the Vice Section of theLas Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,spoke to the women mayorsabout human trafficking. The Vice Sectioninvestigates all crimes associatedwith prostitution. In addition, it has twoteams that focus on all forms of humantrafficking that involve the exploitation ofadult women and juveniles in the commercialsex trade. Hughes talked abouthow most of the women are victims whoare recruited through manipulation andforce, and then threatened until theyagree to become prostitutes. She said LasVegas is one community who has takenup arms against those who do this. Nonprofits,church groups and much of thebusiness community is fighting againstthis and trying to get rid of it. She saidthe victimization is far reaching and thatevery day the Police Department is workingagainst it.Hughes said that in the last 18 years,2,229 kids under 18 were exploited andthis year there are already 70. Ninetytwopercent of these young girls are15-18 and 68 percent are from Nevada.The Lieutenant gave an emotionalpresentation with a graphic power point.She said the violence is horrid. They arebeaten and tortured. “These women arewives, mothers, sisters and daughters,”according to Hughes. She went on tosay that now there are triage nurses inemergency rooms who are learning torecognize the injuries and call the ViceSection when one of these women seekstreatment. She asked the women mayorsto please talk with their own policedepartments and work with them to stopthe violence against these women.Left to right, Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez, Rialto Mayor DeborahRobertson, Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz, Napa Mayor Hill Techel,Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan.2013Calendar of Events(Updated 7/15/13)August 1–3Summer Leadership OfficersMeeting (USCM Executive Committee,Advisory Board and Chairs Only),Park City. Contact: Carol Edwards cedwards@usmayors.org/ 202-293-7330Sponsorship: Geri Powell gpowell@usmayors.org / 202-861-6774) RegistrationOpenSeptember 12–13Coalition of Cities AgainstRacism, Birmingham. Contact:Tom McClimon mcclimon@usmayors.org / 202-861-6729 Registration AvailableSoon2014January 22–2482nd Conference of MayorsWinter Meeting, Washington, DC.Contact: Carol Edwards cedwards@usmayors.org / 202-293-7330. Sponsorship:Geri Powell gpowell@usmayors.org/ 202-861-6774 RegistrationAvailable Fall 2013June 20–2382nd Annual Conferenceof Mayors. Dallas. Contact: CarolEdwards cedwards@usmayors.org /202-293-7330. Sponsorship: Geri Powellgpowell@usmayors.org / 202-861-6774Registration Available Spring 2013For updates or changes, check our web site at usmayors.orgPage 26 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESCouncil on Metro Economies and the New American CityMeets on the Pace of Job Recovery, CDFIs, Restoring aForeclosed Neighborhood, and Re-imaging Your CityBy Dave GattonThe Council on Metro Economies andthe New American City met in Las VegasJune 21 to hear an economic update thatsaid many cities still have a long way togo before regaining their lost jobs fromthe Great Recession.James Diffley of IHS Global Insight toldthe mayors that GDP growth would pickup in 2014 and 2015, but job growth stillwould lag the economic recovery. “Lessthan 30 percent of the nation’s cities andtheir metro areas will have regained prerecessionpeak employment levels by theend of this year,” he said. His analysisprojected that over 60 metros will takea decade or more before recovering lostjobs.Part of the economic recovery is fueledby a resurgence of manufacturing. ChattanoogaMayor Andy Berke told thegroup that his city’s success in attractinglarge manufacturing facilities was dueto its strategy to assemble large tracts ofland and to be patient in the marketing ofthose tracts. He cited Volkswagon largeand expanding presence in the city asjust one example.On the other end of the spectrum, Bankof America Senior Vice President DanLetendre described how Bank of Americacapitalized Community DevelopmentFinancial Institutions (CDFIs) to financeriskier neighborhood projects that traditionalbanks may not fund. He cited howthe bank solicited proposals from CDFIsnationally to capitalize funds that wouldbe used to finance energy retrofits in lowand moderate income neighborhoods.“We don’t want to see these neighborhoodsleft behind the national effort toconserve and be more energy efficient,”he said. Bank of America has made astrong commitment to fund CDFIs goingforward, and Letendre encouraged themayors to work more closely with theseinstitutions, which are a source of capitalfor community-based projects.Robert Klein, founder of SafeguardProperties, and Joel Ratner, CEO ofNeighborhood Progress, Inc., describeda comprehensive approach to rehabilitatinga community racked by foreclosures.In the Cleveland neighborhood of Slavic,a public/private partnership is renovating220 homes acquired for minimal fundsthrough the land banking process. AfterLeft to right, Bank of America Executive Dan Letendre, Knoxville MayorMadeline Rogero, and Council on Metro Economies and the New AmericanCity Chair Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.$40,000 to $50,000 of renovations, thehomes can be sold as affordable housingto middle income workers. “We need aprocess for renovating large numbers ofhomes, especially in neighborhoods thathave seen hundreds of foreclosures andabandoned properties,” said Klein.From the image of an abandonedneighborhood, the council shifted its focusto how cities could rebrand themselves,especially in instances when the image ofthe city may be defined by what peoplesee while driving on a freeway. BridgeportMayor Bill Finch and Cisco ExecutiveNorm Jacknis presented images of howto transform smokestacks into modernimages of people and art while creatingwaterfalls from interstate bridges and offramps, all with the use of light. Finch isworking on plans to change how the hundredsof thousands of people who drivethrough his city every day, on the way toManhattan, perceive his city and connectit with its culture and history. “The keyis to bring boring and unaesthetic walls[on parking garages] to life with creativeimages of art and activities from the culturallife of the city,” he said.A new member of the Council, Matt deFerranti of Rebuilding Together, describedhow his non-profit brings local volunteersand businesses together to renovatehomes in cities and their neighborhoods.The organization renovates over 10,000homes annually, putting on new roofs,building access ramps for the elderly, andperforming repairs when families cannotafford them. He talked about the recent“build” in Philadelphia and Columbus.Council Chair Columbus MayorMichael Coleman praised the membersof the council for their support in publishingthe U.S. Metro Economies seriesfor the Conference of Mayors, citingtwo reports released at the meeting onthe jobs impact of proposals to limit taxexempt financing, and the market placefairness report projecting lost revenuesfrom the inability to collect existing salestaxes from internet sales.Mayors Hear Pros, Cons of Major League Sports TeamsBy Tom McClimonAt left, Rick Horrow, sports business journalist for Bloomberg Television,with Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard, Chair of the MayorsProfessional Sports Alliance.Chaired by Indianapolis Mayor GregoryBallard, the members of the MayorsProfessional Sports Alliance heard fromSacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson onthe challenges he had in maintaining theNational Basketball Association team, theSacramento Kings. In addition, the mayorsheard from senior officials from theNational Football League and a leadingsports business journalist.Johnson offered the mayors the followingadvice: 1) Don’t be caught flat-footed(always anticipate the challenges); 2)Know your audience (know who is makingthe decisions); and 3) Make the issuebigger than sports (make it how the communitybenefits, not just the sports team).National Football League Law andLabor Policy Senior Vice President AdolphoBirch, along with Covington BurlingSenior Counsel Martin Gold, discussedsome of the NFL’s new policies on healthand safety issues, such as youth concussioneducation legislation, as well as stadiumfinancing and security measures.Bloomberg Television Sports BusinessAnalyst Rick Horrow shared his thoughtson the latest trends in sports business andhis work with the Mayors ProfessionalSports Alliance.The reports completed by graduatestudents at the New York University TischCenter on Tourism, Hospitality and SportsManagement were also released to themayors and will be appearing on theConference of Mayors website.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 27


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESBest Practices in Fleets, Building Resilient Communitiesthrough Natural Design Discussed by EnvironmentCommitteeBy Jubi Headley and Judy SheahanThe Environment Committee, chairedby Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper,met June 21 at the Conference of MayorsAnnual meeting in Las Vegas. In additionto a spirited discussion of and voting onthe resolutions listed below, the meetingof the Environment Committee featuredpresentations that broadly focused onstrategies to improve city infrastructure inways that are not only cost-effective, butrealize significant environmental benefitsas well.Indianapolis’ Fleet and EnergySecurityInspired by his experiences serving asa U.S. Marine for 23 years and as a veteranof the Gulf War, Indianapolis MayorGregory A. Ballard has set his city on acourse to do its part to reduce dependenceon oil. Led by Ballard, Indianapolishas made a commitment that, by the year2025, every vehicle owned and operatedby the city will be fueled by an energysource other than oil.Acknowledging the environmental andcost benefits of converting fleets to postoiltechnology, Ballard nonetheless stressesthat his primary motivation is firmlyrooted in national security concerns. Hewants to “bring the troops home — Iwore the uniform for 23 years, technologyallows us to change the dynamic,that’s why we’re doing it,” Ballard said.While Ballard sees Indianapolis as bothleading the way and providing a test casefor converting to post-oil, he notes thatIndianapolis alone, or even the UnitedStates alone, cannot provide the neededuniversal change. “ If the U.S. is alone —if China, Germany, etc. aren’t doing thesame thing, it means nothing, it has noimpact,” he stressed.Ballard’s plan to convert his city’s fleetconsists of three main components:• In December 2012, Ballard issued anExecutive Order requiring that all newpurchases of municipal non-emergencyor non-responding vehicles be limitedto electric or plug-in hybrid electricvehicles. This made Indianapolisthe first major city in the United Statesto institute a formal fleet conversionpolicy.• Second, the city will convert its heavyfleet of snowplows, trash and eventuallyfire trucks to compressed naturalgas (CNG).• Third, the city plans to work with automanufacturers to develop a true electricor plug-in hybrid electric policecar. Right now, according to Ballard,the typical municipal police car onlygets 8 to 10 miles per gallon, at best.If auto manufacturers could developa police car that achieves 40 to50 MPG, while still meeting all thepower, safety, range, and size needsof today’s police forces, it could savecities millions of dollars annually —for Indianapolis, Ballard estimates thesavings would be in the range of $6million to $10 million per year.To achieve these goals, the city isworking with local nonprofit and universitypartners, domestic utility companies,and large corporations. Indianapolis’ initiativecontinues to generate interest fromagencies and companies around theworld — including one international oilcompany, and a company that runs anelectric vehicle car-sharing operation.The initiative is not without its challenges— for one, the city will have to payfor the infrastructure for electric vehiclecharging stations — but Ballard has alocal implementation team that is developingthe master plan and working outthe details. Ballard plans for the city toissue a status report by the end of December2013.Options and SustainableChoices for Greening City FleetsBill Abolt, Vice President/NationalPractice Leader for Sustainability, Energyand Carbon Management at CB&I (oneof the world’s largest companies focusedon developing energy infrastructure forgovernments), noted that cities are presentedwith some very specific challengeswhen it comes to making optimal choicesfor sustainability. Cities usually have tocontend with environmental impacts thatare beyond their control (and borders).Furthermore, cities aren’t in a position tobuild infrastructure solutions from scratch— usually cities are retrofitting existinginfrastructure, which creates its own setof challenges. Beyond this, cities facesignificant fiscal constraints, and mostof the sources of money for this type ofsustainability work have restrictions thatprevent cities from optimizing their dollars.Finally, markets typically undervaluesustainability — how it can create jobs,reduce operating costs, etc. — and thusinvestment in sustainability isn’t what itcould or should be.Abolt stressed that single-purpose climateactions and (on the other end of thespectrum) broad, non-specific initiativesdon’t work. One of the most importantactions that any city can take is simplyto rigorously collect data, and to let thedata reveal strategic opportunities — forexample, whether to downsize or “rightsize”a city’s fleet.Abolt cited Chicago, where MayorRahm Emmanuel inherited a very broad30-year action plan. Emmanuel first hadhis staff identify the aspects of the planthat were most actionable — they cameup with nearly 100. Beyond this, Emmanueland his staff realized that, whenwater-related spending was combinedwith other issues, more $8 billion wasgoing to be spent in Chicago on infrastructure— spent wisely, they reasoned,such a significant level of spending couldhave a profound impact. Emmanuel andhis team chose to focus first on one of thelargest items in the city’s general fund —better routing of the city’s garbage truckfleet. (Numerous studies have shown thatroute optimization of garbage and othermunicipal fleets can yield significant costsavings and environmental benefits forcities.) By taking these and other actions,the city could accelerate overall performancein terms of achieving its climaterelatedgoals.How to Future Proof Cities:Investing in Natural Defensesfor More Resilient CitiesNature Conservancy Texas StateDirector Laura Huffman described thegrowing global trend of populationsmoving into ever larger cities, which representsan unprecedented pressure onnatural resources. This, she said, translatesinto huge infrastructure costs forthese cities. The Nature Conservancy isinvestigating ways to be helpful on thischallenge, particularly at the city level,according to Huffman. First, The NatureConservancy (which works in all 50states and 35 countries) has developedprograms designed to protect waterquality — most cities, as Huffman noted,have expensive water supply or qualityissues. Over the course of 15 years, theNature Conservancy has worked withmany counties on voter-approved initiatives,such as instituting a voter tax or utilityfee to buy land to protect aquifers.As examples, she highlighted San Antonioand New York City that have boughtland since early the 1900s to achievethis goal. Such initiatives, Huffman maintained,have compound benefits — thesespaces, while protecting aquifers, alsomake cities greener and can provide recreationalspace.The Nature Conservancy, according toHuffman, is actively working on coastaldefense in the Gulf of Mexico and otherarea on restoration strategies that theybelieve will demonstrate similar compoundbenefits. The Nature Conservancy is alsohelping cities and private sector companiesrethink issues of open space functions,such as rights of way. Huffman sees shift offocus onto parks, open spaces, and rightsof way as one of the most significant shiftsin rethinking approaches to climate protection,coastal defense and similar issues— while the economic argument is sound,Huffman maintains that true value lies inLeft to right, Bill Abolt, Vice President at CB&I, Laura Huffman, TexasState Director for The Nature Conservancy, Environment Committee ChairHallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, Environmental Committee Vice-Chair Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette, and Indianapolis MayorGreg Ballard.the quality of life impacts, which are, in herwords, “phenomenal.”Environmental Resolutions Adopted:• Wellness in Real Estate encouragesbuildings to follow the WELL BuildingStandard, or any other similarstandard, that uses a multidisciplinaryguide for the design, construction, andmanagement of buildings of all types.• Supporting Full and Dedicated Fundingof the Energy Efficiency andConservation Block Grants calls onCongress and the Administration toappropriate full funding for the EnergyEfficiency and Conservation BlockGrant Program in Fiscal year 2014,while supporting higher authorizationlevels in future years.• In Support of EPA’s Tier 3 CleanerGasoline and Vehicles supports theEPA’s proposed Tier 3 Cleaner Gasolineand Vehicle Standards and urgesthat the standards be signed finalbefore December 31, 2013.• In Support of the Water ResourcesDevelopment Act of 2013 (S. 601)urges Congress and the White Houseto enact the Water Resources DevelopmentAct of 2013, as contained inS. 601, as soon as possible.See EnvironMEnt on page 29Page 28 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESMayors Metro UniversitiesTask Force Meets for FirstTimeBy Tom McClimonThe Mayors and Metro UniversitiesTask Force, under the leadership ofOrlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, held its firstmeeting during the Las Vegas AnnualMeeting. Twenty mayors gathered toshare their experiences in dealing withlocal universities. The Urban Serving Universitiescoalition, composed on universitiesin over 40 cities, is supporting thework of the task force.Dyer, along with Conference of MayorsCEO and Executive Director TomCochran, discussed the purpose of thetask force and the history of the Conferenceof Mayors work with universities.Dyer shared his experiences with workingwith the University of Central Florida.Discussion also took place on ways toshare best practices, public administrationeducation and improving the dialoguebetween cities and universities.The Task Force will develop a workplan that will be discussed at its nextmeeting at the Conference of MayorsWinter Meeting in January 2014.At left, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Chair of the Mayors Metro UniversitiesTask Force, with Bill Hudnut, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities andformer mayor of Indianapolis (1976-1992).SHARE your GOODNEWS!We know you have goodnews to share about yourmayor or about an uniquelocal program. Tell us aboutit so other cities can learnfrom your success!Send your pressreleases and photos forpublication in the U.S.MAYOR newspaper tothe Conference of MayorsPublic Affairs Office:etemple@usmayors.org/202-861-6719Environmentfrom page 28• Supporting Communities Protected byLevees states that the U.S. Army Corpsof Engineers and the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency shouldclarify and align regulatory languagebefore any required deadline of therecertification process; and that Congressshould provide sufficient fundingfor its share of mitigating levee systemdeficiencies, and should provideincentives for state, local, and privatesources to augment their contributions.• Supporting the Reinstatement of theSuperfund Tax urges Congress andthe Administration to pass and enactlegislation to reinstate the Superfundexcise tax.• In Support of the Renewal of theFederal Brownfields Tax Deductionurges Congress to enact legislation torenew the Brownfield Remediation TaxDeduction for a period of years forcommunities nationwide.• Resolution to Reinstate a Federal, Stateand Local Government Partnershipfor Achievable and Affordable WaterQuality Improvements urges Congressto determine that large capital grants tocities are necessary to meet mandatesimposed under the Clean Water Act(CWA); to re-establish a joint environmentalstewardship with cities; and toassure that the costs of sustaining theinfrastructure and operations of waterand wastewater systems of cities donot unjustly burden low and moderateincome households nor create burdensomecosts for business enterprises aswell as appropriating sufficient fundingfor capital grants to cities facingmandates levied by the CWA, and toenact a variety of amendments to theCWA to address concerns related tounfunded federal mandates.• Supporting Consideration of FiscalImpacts in Establishing ComplianceSchedules for U.S. EPA Permits andDevelopment of Federal Funding forPlanning, Monitoring and Implementationof U.S. EPA Permit Requirementsurges U.S. EPA to promulgaterules applicable to all regions thatrequire the consideration of financialimpacts on communities and theirresidents prior to establishing thepermit obligations and complianceschedules for any CWA permit, andto ensure that those permits allow forlocal governments to maintain existingstormwater systems while makingprogress on clean water goals in amanner that is sustainable and withina community’s financial capabilityand urges Congress to appropriatefunding to assist with funding mandatedCWA obligations.• Safeguarding Municipal Water Systemscalls on the President and Congressto create new and improvedfunding mechanisms for public watersystems and encourages cities to assertwater as a priority, to recognize thatcities should first and foremost exploreoptions to preserve choices for publicownership and consider all availabletools to choose efficient and effectiveoperations of water and wastewatersystems including the value of publicprivatepartnerships.• Require the U.S. Department of EnergyFocus on the Treatment and Storageof Radioactive Waste On-Site WhereAppropriate to Mitigate Health andEnvironmental Risks of TransportingLow, High and Mixed Level Wasteto Offsite Treatment Facilities callson The U.S. Department of Energy,in the absence of safer alternatives,to focus on the treatment and storageof radioactive waste on-site toavoid further health and environmentalimpacts from waste, producedfrom other regional, decommissionednuclear facilities.• A New Era for Public Private PartnershipsTransforming Smart CityTechnology and Sustainability Infrastructuresupports the developmentof transparent public-private partnershipsto develop smart city infrastructurewith accountability, revenuesharing, and social and environmentalbenefits inuring to the cities they serve.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 29


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESHurricane Sandy Aftermath, Tourism Best Practices, Role ofArts in Violence Prevention Discussed at TAPES MeetingBy Steven LeeThe Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment,and Sports Committee, chaired byNew Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu,listened to three presentations involvingtourism and arts at the committee meetingon June 22.Belmar (NJ) Mayor Matthew Dohertyreflected on the immediate aftermath ofHurricane Sandy on his city and what itmeant for residents in the beachfront citywho rely heavily on income from tourists.Despite the damage that Sandy wreckedon the New Jersey shoreline, Dohertyemphasized that through determinationand hard work his city has been able toquickly rebuild, making sure that Belmaris open once again for tourists from allover the country.The committee meeting was alsoattended by former Las Vegas MayorOscar Goodman, who offered someinsight to fellow mayors about the importanceof creating a brand for a city inorder to promote tourism. Las Vegas Conventionand Visitors Authority Senior ViceLeft to right, Belmar (NJ) Mayor Matthew Doherty, Senior Vice President ofMarketing at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Cathy Tull,former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, and USCM Tourism, Arts, Parks,Entertainment, and Sports Committee Chair New Orleans Mayor MitchLandrieu.President of Marketing Cathy Tull joinedGoodman’s discussion on marketing cities,providing specific examples from LasVegas’s active promotion and advertisementof its hotels and convention centers.Finally, Americans for the Arts ChiefCounsel Nina Tunceli spoke on the importantrole arts can play to prevent gunviolence. She was joined by Release theFear Program Founder and Director RobertMiley, who discussed his efforts andprograms to use the arts to deter gun violencein Phoenix, where Miley has constructeda 24-foot sculpture made frommelted weapons.Adopted Resolutions• Arts and Healing• Arts Education• Science, Technology, Engineering, Artand Mathematics (STEAM) Education• Arts and Health in the Military• In Support of the Federal Historic TaxCredit• In Support of the Land and WaterConservation Fund (LWCF) and theUrban Park and Recreation Recovery(UPARR) Program• In Support of National Parks• International Jazz Day and JazzAppreciation Month• National Arts and Humanities Month• Arts FundingMembership Committee Holds Best Practice Discussion onMaximizing Member BenefitsBy Katie PiroltMembership Standing CommitteeChair Piscataway Mayor Brian C. Wahlerled an interactive discussion on the manybenefits and “takeaways” that The U.S.Conference of Mayors membershipgrants its members access to at the June22 Membership Standing Committee duringthe 81st Annual Meeting.The session, titled “Maximize yourMembership through Awards andGrants,” highlighted the award and grantprograms that are available to membermayors. A variety of these award winningprograms were discussed and providedparticipants best practices on waysthey may be implemented in other cities,the short and long-term benefits, and theimportance of getting more cities to participate.Wahler noted that “the Conferenceof Mayors’ award and grant programsare a great way to bring nationalrecognition to your city and increasemorale; I encourage everyone to apply tothem this fall.”Madison Mayor Paul Soglin shared hiscity’s “Stop the Overdose Epidemic” programand how they utilized a $10,000award from The U.S. Conference of Mayors’Prescription Drug Abuse PreventionProgram sponsored by Purdue Pharma.In response to an increasing number ofdeaths from heroin overdose, which wasoften preceded by prescription drugLeft to right, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin,Membership Committee Chair Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler, Las CrucesMayor Ken Miyagishima, Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, CincinnatiMayor Mark Mallory, Chester Mayor John Linder, and Hempstead MayorWayne Hall.abuse, Soglin explained that he initiateda multi-disciplinary and community-widetask force on preventing overdose. Soglinstated, “This funding will help us continueour work to educate the community onthe dangers of prescription drug abuse.This additional funding will help savelives.”Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory highlightedCincinnati’s Mill Creek Edible ForestGarden, which produces food forlocal residents and was supported by a$25,000 grant from the Conference ofMayors’ GRO1000 Gardens and GreenSpaces Grant Awards Program sponsoredby Scotts Miracle-Gro. Mallorysaid, “The grant helped us develop thegarden to teach young people the valueof healthy foods and develop a communityasset that we are proud of.”“This program established a policyin the mayor’s office that is dedicated toyouth as they are the future of our city,”Chester Mayor John Linder said, describingthe positive effects from receiving a$4,000 grant for their paid internshipprogram from the DollarWise SummerYouth Campaign Grants sponsoredby Bank of America. Linder continued,“Places all over the city participated bysponsoring programs or hiring youth forthe summer. Winning the grant not onlysupported these programs, but gave thecity something to rally around and beproud of.”Members of the committee also discussedthe overall value of membership.Mallory said “There is great value to thisorganization — the opportunity to comehere and share best practices, learn, andsee what other cities have done and whathas worked.” Soglin added, “I’m proofthat we are always learning; there are somany initiatives that were not on my listof priorities when I first took office, but Ilearned about them here.”Wahler concluded the meeting bythanking participants, and said “as wecontinue our membership campaign, Iencourage all of you to submit applicationsto these award and grant programsand share with your fellow mayors themany benefits of participating.”For more information on the Conferenceof Mayors Award and Grant programs,visit the website usmayors.org.Page 30 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESCriminal, Social Justice Committee Topics Range from GunViolence Prevention to Immigration ReformBy Monica Attia and Laura DeKovenWaxmanLed by Chair and Houston MayorAnnise Parker during its June 21 meeting,the Criminal and Social Justice Committeereported out 18 resolutions coveringa range of issues within the Committee’sjurisdiction and heard from three speakerswho briefed them on public safetycommunications, gun safety legislation,and homeland security.Former Conference of Mayors PresidentDenver Mayor Wellington Webb, now amember of the FirstNet Board of Directors,updated the mayors on the work of the FirstResponder Network Authority. FirstNet.ischarged with overseeing the planning anddevelopment of a nationwide public safetybroadband network. Webb stressed thatFirstNet is in the process of consulting withregional, state, and local jurisdictions. Eachstate must designate a state point of contact,and Webb encouraged the mayorsto work with their state’s point of contactto make sure that the needs and resourcesof their local public safety agencies andtheir communities are taken into account inthe state planning process. He assured themayors that no network design decisionshave yet been made and that they will notbe made until the states outline their coverageplans and priorities.Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownieupdated the committee on the work ofLeft to right, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Phil McNamara, USCMCriminal and Social Justice Committee Chair Houston Mayor Annise Parker,and FirstNet Board Member Wellington Webb.Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which ispushing for Senate passage of legislationthat would strengthen the gun purchasebackground check system and make ituniversal. Cownie reported that MAIG,which was formed in 2006, is a bipartisancoalition, which now has over 1,000member mayors and 1.5 million supporters,making it the largest gun violenceprevention organization in the UnitedStates. Despite the inability thus far topass federal background check legislation,Cownie reported that there havebeen several victories at the state levelrelating to universal background checks.Philip McNamara, the recentlyappointedAssistant Secretary for IntergovernmentalAffairs at the Departmentof Homeland Security, told the mayorsthat he is their voice inside the Departmentof Homeland Security and urgedthem to reach out to him with any concernsregarding the Department.The Committee reported out the followingresolutions, all of which wereadopted by the full Conference at theJune 24 business session:• The Cops Program• In Support of the Creation of a COPSOffice Transitioning ConsolidationGrant Program• Information Sharing Among LawEnforcement Agencies• In Support of Background Checks forAll Gun Sales• Supporting Americans’ 2nd AmendmentRights• In Support of the Federal Efforts toCombat Human Trafficking• Homeland Security Grant Programs• Implementing Firstnet• Cybersecurity• Supporting and Advancing ResilientCommunities• HIV Discrimination and Criminalizstion• In Support of the President’s 2013National Drug Control Strategy• In Support of States Setting Their OwnMarijuana Policies Without FederalInterference• In Support of Housing And EmploymentNon-Discrimination Legislation• Promoting And Encouraging InternationalHuman Rights• Comprehensive Immigration Reform• Eb5 Immigrant Investor Program• Compassion as an Effective Public PolicyBig Data, Online Community Come Togetherto Solve City ProblemsBy Paul LerouxMayors crowded into a Las Vegasmeeting room on June 23 to hear from agroup of civic and high tech leaders at asession of the Technology and InnovationTask Force. The meeting focused on gatheringand utilizing “big data” to solve publicproblems, and also touched on hightechcommunity building initiatives likeapp-facilitated sharing and crowdfunding.Task Force Chair San Francisco MayorEdwin Lee welcomed mayors to the meetingand noted the progress that the taskforce had made since its first in-personmeeting last June. Conference of MayorsPresident Philadelphia Mayor MichaelA. Nutter echoed these sentiments andemphasized using data as a tool for innovation.“One thing we all have is data,”Nutter said, stressing the need to turn itinto “useful and usable” material.Appallicious Founder Yo Yoshidaexplained the specifics of this transition,saying, “Our company only existsbecause of open data,” before explainingAppallicious’s work on releasing healthyneighborhood scores. Abhi Nemani, fromCode for America, said that open datacould be utilized nationwide to “changethe conversation between citizens andcity government.” He encouraged mayorsto reach out to Code for America, whichpartners with cities to develop technologicaltools.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer thenoffered an initiative that his city hadundertaken to integrate new and existingdata. The project, known as Asthmapolis,uses GPS sensors to find the areas of Louisvillewhere asthma inhalers are most used,and then layers them on existing data tofind out the contributing neighborhoodfactors. Fischer presented this project asan example of “breakthrough work” oninnovations, investments that have alreadypaid off in his city. In the same vein, TomMiller of Motorola Solutions demonstratedwhat his company does to layer real-timeand existing data for public safety. Millersaid that Motorola’s technology allowedcities to, “Take information in real timeand use it in a way that increases situationalawareness.”The meeting also illustrated that citiescan use big data to improve services.Washington (DC) Mayor Vincent C. Graypresented Grade.DC.Gov, which utilizesprivate-sector tools to evaluate governmentservices. The “advanced customerservice platform” mines social media andgenerates new survey data to providegrades and reports on city services. Graysaid that in addition to improving services,the project helps his city to, “Expandour own economy into the tech-sector.”Left to right, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Technology and InnovationTask Force Chair San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, USCM PresidentPhiladelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, SV Angel Founder and ManagingPartner David Lee, and Motorola Solutions Director of Government andPublic Safety Markets for North America Customer Solutions Tom Millerspeak at the Technology and Innovation Task Force Meeting. See DATA on page 33July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 31


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESInternational Affairs Committee Focuses Upon InternationalTrade, Investment, Human RightsBy Kay ScrimgerLeft to right, USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Mayors forPeace North American Coordinator Jackie Cabasso, Mexican Consul in LasVegas Julian Adem, International Affairs Committee Chair Oakland MayorJean Quan, Canadian Consul-General in Ls Angeles David Franzen, andSister Cities International President and CEO Mary D. Kane.Chaired by Oakland Mayor JeanQuan, the International Affairs Committeemet June 22 at the 81st Annual Conferenceof Mayors in Las Vegas. The mainorder of business was consideration ofpolicy resolutions. The committee passedall resolutions submitted.A major focus of the committee discussionwas the critical importance of tradeand investment to U.S. cities and metropolitanareas and to the nation as a whole.Two consuls — one from Mexico, theother from Canada — addressing thecommittee, discussed the importance oftwo-way trade and investment relationshipsbetween their countries and theUnited StatesA member of the Mexican Foreign Servicesince 1988, the Mexican Consul in LasVegas Julian Adem described the strongtrade relationships between the U.S. andMexico. His presentation emphasized thesuccess and growing potential of exportindustries such as medical devices, aerospace,automotive products, chemicals,pharmaceuticals, and electronics.Adem noted that in 2012, Mexico wasthe United States’ second largest exportmarket. Top exports in that year includedmachinery, electronic machinery, mineralfuel and oil, vehicles, and plastics. ConsulAdem discussed areas of greatest potentialfor further trade growth, namingautomobiles as one key area.David Fransen, Consul General ofCanada in Los Angeles, pointed out thepowerful and extensive trade relationshipsbetween the United States and Canada:• Canada is the U.S.’s largest customer,purchasing $233 billion worth ofgoods in 2012, more than China,Japan and the U.K. combined.• More than 8 million U.S. jobs dependon trade and investment with Canada.• Canada and the U.S. are the world’slargest trading partners with $742.5billion in goods and services, in 2012.• The U.S. is the most important destinationfor Canadian direct investmentabroad, totaling $289 billion in 2012.• Canadian-owned companies in 17,000locations across the U.S. employ morethan 619,000 Americans.• Canada is the top export destinationfor 38 states.Sister Cities International President andCEO Mary D. Kane described the varietyof international sister city relationshipsoverseen by her organization — cultural,educational, and economic developmentpartnerships. The Sister Cities networkencompasses programs in 136 countrieson six continents. Kane discussed severalexamples of such relationships, includingties between the U.S. and China, includingMayor Quan’s travels to and ties withChinese cities.Mayors for Peace North AmericanCoordinator Jackie Cabasso gave anupdate on most recent internationalefforts toward nuclear disarmament andthe continuing concern for the humanitarianemergency that would occur if anuclear weapon were detonated. Shethanked the Conference for its supportover the years of policy aimed atnuclear weapon reduction. Cabasso alsoexpressed her organization’s strong supportfor directing reductions in militaryspending toward greater investments inmeeting domestic needs.Resolutions passed by the committeewere:• Advancing U.S. Metro EconomicGrowth through Collaboration andTrade in the Americas• Promoting and Encouraging InternationalHuman Rights• U.S. Leadership in Global Eliminationof Nuclear Weapons and Redirectionof Military Spending to DomesticNeeds• Calling on the U.S. Government toSupport Free and Fair Elections inVenezuela and in All CountriesTask Force to Develop Agenda on PipelineSafety to Reduce Threats to CitiesBy Kevin McCartyThe newly-established Pipeline SafetyTask Force convened June 24 during theConference’s 81st Annual Meeting inLas Vegas, where Task Force ChairmanAllentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski led a discussionon ways to raise mayoral awarenessabout the potential threats posed byaging pipelines and how policy-makersat every level can do more to protect thepublic and their communities.Describing a 2011 pipeline explosionin his city that left five dead, injured manyothers and forced the evacuation of nearly500 people, Pawlowski said the experiencemotivated him to engage mayorsthrough the task force in raising awarenessabout potential threats from failingpipeline infrastructure and in developingstrategies that reduce these risks.Pawlowski cited the growing numberof cities and mayors who have been challengedin recent years by pipeline explosionsand spills, explaining that he hadinvited San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane tojoin the task force meeting to give his firsthandaccount of a gas pipeline explosionin his city.Left to right, Pipeline Safety Task Force Chair Allentown Mayor EdPawlowski, San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane, and Pipeline and HazardousMaterials Safety Administration Chief Counsel Vanessa Allen Sutherland.San Bruno’s 2010 Gas PipelineExplosionIn September, 2010, a 30-inch naturalgas pipeline exploded in San Bruno,killing eight people, injuring 51 others,destroying 38 homes and damaging 60more, Ruane told the task force members.In addition to the massive fire that ragedfor several hours, the explosion alsoknocked out a city water main.“The physical recovery has been theeasy part, what’s been difficult is the effectit left on the city,” Ruane said in describingthe aftermath of the explosion. “There’sbeen real damage to the community as awhole, to our community identity.”He also talked about the enormousfinancial impact on the city and its budget,with more than $15 million in directcity costs. Following months of negotiationon a settlement with the gas utility, aspecial trust fund was established to helpdeal with the long-term effects of the incidenton affected families, the neighborhoodand the city.“If something like this could happenin San Bruno, it can happen anywhere,”Ruane warned in concluding his remarks.Pipeline and Hazardous Materials SafetyAdministration (PHMSA) Chief CounselVanessa Allen Sutherland joined the taskforce to share perspectives of her agencyin promoting safety in communities.Sutherland explained that utilities dowork to address safety concerns of citiesand local areas, noting it is not always atop priority.Acknowledging that because heragency is a “small agency with a big mission”within the U.S. Department of Transportation,there are limitations to whatcan be done from the federal level, whichexplains why PHMSA is so interested inpartnering with mayors and other localand state officials.Sutherland stated that pipelines representone of the biggest risks that “no oneknows about.”Page 32 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESMayors Discuss Water Supply, Public Health and Cost-Containment IssuesBy Rich AndersonBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Indianapolis Mayor GregBallard, Co-Chairs of the Mayors WaterCouncil (MWC) led discussions of publicwater policy and water efficiency bestpractices. The MWC met on June 21 inLas Vegas in conjunction with the 81stAnnual Meeting of The U.S. Conferenceof Mayors.Texas Mayors Call for NewNational Strategy for WaterResource DevelopmentIrving Mayor Beth Van Duyne reportedon water supply stress in the MetroplexRegion (greater Dallas-Ft. Wortharea). Van Duyne stated that a surveyamong the region’s cities revealed threetop issues for cities in the region: economicdevelopment, transportation and water.The water issue is critical because of thecombination of rapid growth in populationand economic activity. She stated that allwater sources in the Metroplex and surroundingareas are known, and that thereare water surpluses and shortages in differentarea sources. One of the complicationsis that existing water restrictions preventsmany cities from sharing water supplies.Van Duyne sought to appropriate waterfrom a bordering state and other sourcesto no avail. “I am going to make sure thereis water for the future,” she stated.Metroplex cities, as a region, arebeginning to look at simplifying some ofthe current restrictions in place, but stateand regional water compacts impede theflow of water supplies. Denton MayorMark Burroughs clearly articulated thelong term problem in the Metroplex area,but also, he said, it’s a national problem.Burroughs stated, “The prospect of longtermwater availability and drought inthe midst of fast population growth andgrowing commercial and agriculturalneeds for water are potentially life threateningto our citizens and our economicvitality. This is particularly true in inlandDATAfrom page 31Meanwhile, Public Stuff, founded by LilyLiu, allows city residents to contact cityservices through a single platform, filingrequests and handling many governmentrelationships. Liu encouraged mayors topartner with her company, pledging flexibilityto meet their needs.Another group of presenters talkedabout how communities can leverageresources through sharing and crowdfunding.Millicent Johnson of Bayshareand Arun Sundararajan talked aboutthe effectiveness of sharing resources likeAt left, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake with IndianapolisMayor Gregory A. Ballard.At left, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne with Napa Mayor Jill Techel.metro areas where not even salt water isaccessible for water supply development.There is no national plan for strategicwater resource development in this country.Cities can’t afford to solve the problemsof dwindling water supplies andpopulation growth.”Burroughs indicated that regional studiessuggest that developing a new waterrides and rooms using online platforms.“The sharing economy isn’t new,” Johnsonsaid, but the technology has madesharing more accessible. David Lee of SVAngel talked about a similar phenomenon,known as crowdfunding, in whichanyone can invest a small amount intoa community project. He stressed civiccrowdfunding as an excellent solution forcity projects, noting that often crowdfundingphilanthropists have, “No expectationof return except that we feel like we’re apart of something bigger.”In closing, Lee told the other mayorsto consider all of the projects presentedat the task force as models and to use hisoffice as a resource moving forward.source in the Metroplex area could take30 years or more to bring into use. Hecited several hurdles that must be clearedto build and operate a new water supplyreservoir: land and water purchase;environmental studies and state and federalpermits; arranging for financing andconstruction. There is a real concern thatpopulation growth and securing adequatewater supplies will not keep pace.Burroughs called for the establishment ofa national policy making water resourcesdevelopment a national priority.Public Health, Water Treatment,Local InvestmentSteve Hubbs, co-author with RobertRaucher of a new MWC commissionedreport on city water treatment and publichealth, summarized findings of the report.Hubbs stated that cities suffered what wascalled in the late 1800s and early 1900sthe “urban penalty,” meaning that poor airquality, nutrition and microbial pathogensin drinking water caused 300 to 400 prematuredeaths per 100,000 population.Waterborne infectious microbial contaminantsaccounted for roughly 300/100,000premature deaths annually.That was the case, suggested Hubbs,until the early 1900s when local governmentsintervened by taking advantage ofadvances in germ theory combined withemerging water treatment technologyusing filtration and chlorination to stemthe tide of premature deaths from choleraand typhoid transmitted in drinking water.Because the treatment was so effectivelarge urban centers rapidly adopted thisas a best practice, and nearly overnightdramatic reductions occurred in prematuredeaths from waterborne microbes.Hubbs said that the dramatic improvementin public health resulting from localgovernment intervention in water treatmentdemonstrated the effectiveness of treatment,and it has been shown that the costper premature death avoided was efficient,(roughly $500 per avoided prematuredeath). Hubbs also stated that all of thesepublic benefits achieved by local governmentper-date the establishment of the EPA.Hubbs stated that today, EPA setsdrinking water standards based on a onein-a-millionrisk of cancer incidence overa lifetime of exposure to contaminants indrinking water. Two critical differencesbetween regulating drinking water forcarcinogens versus microbial agents are:avoiding premature death from waterbornemicrobes is not only demonstratedto be effective, but also the benefit/costratio of doing so is high: whereas preventingcancer illness (not death) is notdemonstrated, and the benefit-cost ratioof potentially avoiding cancer illness isvery low, comparatively.Hubbs emphasized that a failure oflocal government to reinvest in watertreatment infrastructure will likely lead toa re-emergence of cholera and typhoidillness and/or deaths, especially amonginfants and children. He suggested thatdiversion of limited city resources fromthat task in favor of placing those resourcesto reduce the already low potential forwater to be a primary public health threatis a misdirection of resources and efforts.Optimizing Public WaterSystems to Contain CostAmerican Water Tennessee PresidentDeron Allen presented informationon American Water’s pioneering effortsto leverage their substantial purchasingpower as a national service companyto improve system efficiencies tocontain costs by redefining automatedmeter design specifications. Allen statedthat metering is a necessity for all utilitiesbecause billings to users rely on them,and subsequently, water managers usebilling to cover cost of service. Meteringis still done manually in many cities. Thisis normally a labor intensive effort andsuffers from human error and inaccuracy.Allen stated that state-of-the-art automatedmetering improves greatly on manualmetering, but still leaves a lot of room forimprovement and efficiency.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 33


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESHousing Committee Adopts Resolutions Under Cloud ofSevere Cuts to CDBG, hoMEBy Eugene T. LoweNewton Mayor Setti Warren, Chair ofthe Conference of Mayors Standing Committeeon Community Development andHousing, opened the committee meetingJune 22, with news that the House AppropriationsSubcommittee on Transportation,Housing and Urban Developments hadpassed its FY14 funding bill with drasticcuts to the Community Development BlockGrant (CDBG) program and the HOMEInvestment Partnerships (HOME) program.CDBG was cut by nearly 50 percent,from $3.08 billion in FY13 to $1.6billion in FY14. The HOME cut was from$950 million in FY13 to $700 million inFY14. These cuts were opposed in resolutionsadopted by the Conference of MayorsCommunity Development and HousingCommittee. Warren also encouraged allmayors to call their House of Representativemember and urge opposition to theCDBG and HOME cuts.During the committee meeting, mayorswere briefed by three speakers: U.S.Department and Housing and UrbanDevelopment (HUD) Deputy SecretaryMaurice Jones, Crittenton Women’s Union(CWU) President and CEO Beth Babcock,and United States Interagency Council onHomelessness Barbara Poppe.Jones told the committee that the“Administration remains very committedto partner effectively with you and yourcommunities to build economically competitivesustainable communities for the21st century.” He stressed that this is areally important moment for the housingmarket as it fuels the economic recovery.Indicators, the Deputy Secretary said, suchas home prices, home sales, and affordability,“are going in the right direction.”Each of the indicators, he added, “is at thestrongest levels we’ve seen since the economiccrisis started.” He said, “Nearly 2.5trillion dollars in home owner’s equity hasbeen created in the last 15 months. Andthe annual home price increases are at thehighest level that we’ve seen since the housingbubble burst in mid 2006.” Jones saidthat even with these encouraging developments,“there is plenty of work to be done.”Babcock described CWU as a verynew groundbreaking science that is beingdone in Boston and is spreading nationally.She said that her organization is “veryodd.” CWU on one hand operates as anaction tank doing direct services for lowincomefamilies, homeless housing, transitionalhousing, training, job training programs,etc. At the same time, the organizationis involved in research and publicpolicy. Babcock said that we are what a“teaching hospital is to healthcare.” CWUhas a number of programs centered oneconomic mobility that are designedto help find economic opportunities forfamilies. Now serving 1400 women andfamilies, CWU assist those “who are reallychallenged and help them to achievereal ability to support themselves andtheir families,” Babcock said.Poppe made an appeal to the committeeto continue its work on developingplans to eliminate homelessness. Duringthe committee meeting, the mayorsadopted a resolution urging comprehensivesolutions and increased investmentsin evidenced-informed strategies by allLeft to right, Crittenton Women’s Union President and CEO Beth Babcock,HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones and Newton Mayor Setti Warren.levels of government, philanthropy, business,faith-based and community organizationsto prevent and end homelessnessamong Veterans.Warren introduced a new Conferenceof Mayors’ website dedicated to CDBG thatis designed to provide a place for cities tocreate their own CDBG webpages. Informationon how cities can go about creatingtheir webpages on the Conference of Mayors’CDBG website will be made availablein the new couple of weeks.Resolutions adopted by the StandingCommittee on Community Developmentand Housing:• Support for CDBG• In Opposition to a Drawdown inCDBG Program Funding• In Support of The Partnership for SustainableCommunities• Support for the HOME Program• Sequester Impacts on Public HousingPrograms and the Section 8 HousingChoice Voucher Program• Ending Homelessness Among Veterans• In Support of Housing and EmploymentNon-Discrimination• Supporting Rebuilding AmericanHomeownership• In Support of the White House “StrongCities, Strong Communities” Initiative• Transit-Oriented Development as anEconomic Growth and EconomicDevelopment Strategy• Wellness in Real EstateTask Force Members Learn How Bridgeport,Las Vegas Curb Energy Use, Climate EmissionsBy Kevin McCartyCarmel (IN) Mayor Jim Brainard andBridgeport Mayor Bill Finch convened theEnergy Independence and Climate ProtectionTask Force to review energy andclimate initiatives underway in Bridgeportand Las Vegas during its June 23 sessionat the Conference’s 81st Annual Meetingin Las Vegas.Task force co-chair Brainard remindedmayors that, “We, as mayors, remainstrong leaders in ensuring that climateaction continues to go forward, fromcommunities on up to urging states andthe federal government to pay attention.”Brainard talked about how energyand climate protection have been “mainstreamed”into the Conference’s programand agenda, highlighting the manyAnnual Meeting sessions where theseissues were being addressed.Left to right, USCM Energy Independence and Climate Protection Task ForceCo-Chair Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, USCM Energy Independence andClimate Protection Task Force Co-Chair Carmel (IN) Mayor Jim Brainard,Building America Retrofit Alliance Chair Darren Harris, and Las Vegas ChiefSustainability Officer Tom Perrigo.Anticipating the release of PresidentObama’s climate plan, Brainard urgedmayors to review it once it is unveiled.“For me, I have always believed that thePresident had it right when he funded theEnergy Efficiency and Conservation BlockGrant Program (EECBG) at the Departmentof Energy. This was all about investingin us, in local action, to build consensuson solutions that the public can andwill embrace,” he said.Las Vegas Advances its Energy,Climate GoalsLas Vegas Chief Sustainability OfficerTom Perrigo briefed the task force memberon some of the city’s efforts to reduceenergy and greenhouse gas emissions,praising Mayor Carolyn Goodman forher leadership.Citing the city’s $65 million investmentin efficiency and renewable projects,Perrigo explained how this commitmenthelped achieve a 30 percent reductionin city greenhouse gas emissions anda 40 percent reduction in city energycosts. Urging mayors to notice the newcity hall and its energy features, includingits solar installation, Perrigo notedSee Energy on page 37Page 34 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESTransportation and Communications Panel ConsidersResolutions, Amtrak Funding, Local Transportation PrioritiesBy Kevin McCartyTransportation and CommunicationsCommittee Acting Chair TallahasseeMayor John Marks convened his colleaguesfor a June 21 committee sessionduring the Conference’s 81st AnnualMeeting in Las Vegas. At the meeting,mayors approved 16 new resolutions,reviewed funding challenges affectingAmtrak and its operations, and heard apresentation on federal funding and localtransportation priorities.In his remarks, Marks reminded mayorsthat there is much work ahead for thecommittee and the organization to addresslocal transportation needs in next year’stransportation legislation to renew thenation’s surface transportation law. Specifically,he said, “We have more work to doto make sure more of these funds [federaltransportation dollars] are subject to localdecision-making through our MPOs [metropolitanplanning organizations].”Marks also praised House Transportationand Infrastructure Committee ChairmanBill Shuster for joining with mayorsat the Annual Meeting to talk with mayorsabout the importance of investing inthe nation’s transportation infrastructure,reminding mayors “to let him know that themayors will support his efforts to increasefederal investment in our infrastructure.”Cornett Warns of Threats toAmtrak FundingOklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett,chair of the Amtrak Mayors’ AdvisoryCouncil, briefed panel members onrecent Congressional actions affectingnext year’s appropriations for the nation’sintercity passenger rail system.Cornett pointed out that a HouseAppropriations Subcommittee hadLeft to right, USCM Transportation and Communications CommitteeMember Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler, USCM Committee ViceChair Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, and USCM Committee Acting ChairTallahassee Mayor John Marks.reduced Amtrak’s budget by 30 percent,an action that affected the nation’sentire passenger rail system. In additionto urging mayors to weigh in with theirCongressional delegations on these cuts,he recommended that contacts be madewith governors to encourage them topreserve passenger rail services servingcities in their respective states. Cornettalso pointed out that Amtrak’s authorizationexpires at the end of 2013, and thatit was important to let Chairman Shusterand others know that mayors care aboutkeeping a national system.Local Transportation PrioritiesConference of Mayors Trustee SouthfieldMayor Brenda Lawrence addressedmayors on the need to secure additionalfederal funding for local transportationpriorities, providing an overview on howrecent changes in MAP-21 underminedlongstanding commitments to local decision-makersand their MPOs.“During the debate on the last bill,known as MAP-21, mayors and otherlocal leaders had been assured that existingfunding commitments would be preserved,”Lawrence said. “When the smokecleared, this proved not to be the case.”In her Detroit region, she noted, thearea’s share of Surface TransportationProgram dollars (STP) dropped significantly.“This is a 16 percent cut in ourshare, while the overall STP programgrew along with the state share of thesefunds,” she told the committee members.Lawrence with Marks encouraged mayorsto get more involved in the debate onthe next federal surface transportation lawto ensure that a larger share of availablefunds are subject to local decision-making.Adopted Resolutions• Support for Nomination of MayorAnthony Foxx as U.S. DOT Secretary• In Appreciation of the Honorable RayLaHood• In Support of a Strong American Infrastructure• America Fast Forward TransportationBonds• In Support of TIGER Grants• A New Era for Urban Streets andUrban Infrastructure• Transit-Oriented Development as anEconomic Growth and DevelopmentStrategy• Opposing Truck Size or WeightIncreases• In Support of Relief from RailroadCongestion in our Nation’s Cities• In Support of High Speed Rail• In Support of Safety and Integrity inthe Nation’s Air Traffic Control System• Preserving Local Government Authorityover Satellite Dish Installation Locations• In Support of the Gigabit City Challenge• Support Increased Access to Broadbandand Spectrum• Need to Preserve Local Governmentand Consumer Rights in the BroadbandEra• Public Private Partnerships TransformingSmart City Technology and SustainabilityInfrastructurePartner America — The Mayors SmallBusiness ResourceBy Jeff BeanAmerican Management Services’Chief Operating Officer Louis Moscaaddressed the Small Business, Franchisingand Entrepreneurship Task Force atthe 81st Annual meeting in Las Vegas onbehalf of the Partner America Program.The Task Force is Co-Chaired by BurnsvilleMayor Elizabeth B. Kautz, a Past Presidentof the Conference of Mayors, andKansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James,co-chair of the task force. Kautz recalledthe Partner America Event she hosted inBurnsville and how well received it wasby the local business owners and howhelpful they said it was. She encouragedall mayors to take advantage of the PartnerAmerica program.Mosca challenged the mayors toremain on the front line in assisting MainStreet recovery. “Our clients, your constituentsand friends, continue to suffer fromlack of credit, lack of top line sales, cashflow, manpower efficiency and fear ofhealthcare regulations. No elected officialunderstands or can communicate betterwith Main Street independent businessowners than mayors.” Mosca encouragedall mayors through The United StatesConference of Mayors to link their city’swebsite to the Partner America website(partneramerica.com) and to continue promotingMayors’ Small Business AwarenessDays. As Mosca explained, hosting thesegatherings provides a forum for “a lot ofintelligent people getting together to dogood things in their communities.”The mayors in attendance providedinsight from their own communities aswell. James, a recipient of the PartnerAmerica Mayor’s Small Business AdvocacyAward, suggested adding reintegrationto the small business conversation.Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis, alsoa recent recipient of the Partner AmericaMayor’s Small Business Advocacy Awardand a small business owner himself,emphasized the confusing nature of businessregulations in his town, and the needto facilitate a conversation that can leadto small business success for those citizenswho don’t know where to start.For additionalinformation regarding the PartnerAmerica Small Business Program, contactJeffrey Bean at jbean@usmayors.org or202-446-8140.American Management ServicesChief Operating Officer LouisMosca addresses the SmallBusiness, Franchising andEntrepreneurship Task ForceMeeting.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 35


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESVacant and Abandoned Properties Task Force Briefed onVacant Residential Properties InitiativesBy Jocelyn Bogen and Eugene T.LoweColumbia Mayor Steve Benjamin,Chair of the Vacant and AbandonedProperties Task Force, opened the meetingon June 23 stating the task force purposeto afford mayors the opportunity tolearn the latest and most effective policiesand best practices for making vacant andabandoned properties productive anduseful to our cities and citizens. Threespeakers addressed the task force onProperty Preservation & REO Disposition,Renovation Lending, and were briefed onthe City of Las Vegas’ Vacant and AbandonedProperties Strategy.Tyler Smith, Vice President of REOCommunity Development for PremierAsset Services of Wells Fargo, talkedabout the bank’s efforts from defaultthrough the REO disposition with respectto residential properties. Smith explainedthat prior to foreclosure, Wells Fargostrives to maintain properties, complywith municipal code, and partners withofficials to seek resolution. After foreclosure,Wells Fargo manages its propertiesunder the trade name Premiere AssetServices (PAS). PAS strategic objectivesinclude working with communities andneighborhoods to stabilize the residentialhousing market, minimizing days on market,and optimizing net sales proceeds.Wells Fargo Home Mortgage VicePresident National Renovation ProgramBill Trees gave a presentation on howhomebuyers are utilizing renovation topurchase or refinance a property in as-iscondition and obtain additional funds tomake repairs and improvements. Consumerbenefits can occur in a number ofways: minor home improvements suchas painting, flooring replacement andappliance updates as well as compleximprovements such as additions, healthand safety renovation, and razing tothe foundation. There are also a numberof community benefits in the renovationprogram: enable buyers to purchase andrenew aged housing stock; help buildvalue back into the housing market; helpscities with job opportunities (contractors,material suppliers, and services); andhelp realtors sell properties requiringimprovements that cannot be financed toa broader client base.The Task Force concluded with LasVegas Economic and Urban DevelopmentDepartment Director Bill Arent discussingLeft to right, Las Vegas Economic and Urban Development DepartmentDirector Bill Arent, Wells Fargo Vice President of REO CommunityDevelopment for Premier Asset Services Tyler Smith, USCM Vacant andAbandoned Properties Task Force Chair Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin,and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Vice President National RenovationProgram Bill Trees.the local Vacant and Abandoned PropertiesStrategy. Arent said that Las Vegasand Clark County is a test case for whathas happened in the foreclosure market.At present, Las Vegas is focusing attentionon the poorer neighborhoods and olderneighborhoods where the recovery isgoing more slowly. He said that over halfof the homeowners are underwater, owingmore on the mortgage than the home ispresently worth. This is an improvement.It was up around 70 percent. There arealso about 800,000 vacant housing unitsin Clark County. Arent said, “We see anopportunity to try to bring new employersproviding new employment. Housingwill be a large component of householdexpenditures and we think this is a newopportunity to bring new employment totry to fill up those homes.”Energy Block Grant, Nuclear Waste DisposalFocus of Energy CommitteeBy Debra DeHaney-HowardSanta Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido,Chair of the Conference of Mayors EnergyStanding Committee, led a vigorousdebate on a number of energy-relatedpolicy issues, including the storage anddisposal of radioactive nuclear wasteduring the June 24 Energy Committeemeeting. Panel members also consideredproposed resolutions on other energyissues such as funding for Energy BlockGrants, increasing federal assistance tocities for energy assurance initiatives, andsupporting wind energy production.Following debate on the nine proposedpolicy resolutions — which were passed outof Committee and subsequently approvedby the full membership of the Conference— members heard from Las Vegas MayorCarolyn Goodman and Bridgeport MayorBill Finch, Co-Chair of the Conference ofMayors Climate Protection Task Force.Goodman briefed members of theCommittee on the city’s energy efficiencyand conservation programs, includingthe Convene for Green program. Shetold panel members that one of the intentionsof the Convene for Green programis to “reduce energy costs for residents byimplementing technologies and energyefficiencies that lower energy use.”This initiative, with a focus to makeLas Vegas more sustainable, along withLeft to right, USCM Energy Committee Chair Santa Ana Mayor MiguelPulido, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, and USCM Energy CommitteeVice Chair Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis.the leadership of Mayor Goodman, hasexpedited the expansion of Las Vegas’sustainability programs.Goodman stated that since 2008 morethan 30,000 energy efficient LED streetlightshave been installed, five megawattsof renewable energy have been added atcity facilities, and have constructed a numberof Leadership in Energy and EnvironmentalDesign (LEED) certified buildings indowntown Las Vegas, including the new270,000-square-foot City Hall, which ispartly powered by roof-top solar panels.“Reducing Bridgeport’s carbon footprintand making the city one of greenestin Connecticut has been a top priorityof mine,” Finch said in his remarks tothe Energy Committee. Finch describeda number of programs developed andimplemented to meet goals set forth incity’s BGreen 2020 Sustainability Plan,including the Energy Improvement Districtprogram, which was established to promote,develop and fund energy-relatedactivities such as retrofitting buildings.“Since establishing our Energy ImprovementDistricts, we have help to lowerenergy costs, increase renewable energydevelopment and usages and attract newbusiness,” Finch said.Finch described other BGreen 2020programs that have contributed to Bridgeport’s’efforts in achieving its sustainabilitygoals, including the Youth ConservationCorps, the Green Collar Institute, and theanaerobic processing system to processsolid waste.Adopted Resolutions• Supporting Full and Dedicated Fundingof the Energy Efficiency and ConservationBlock Grants• Support to Double the Nation’s EnergyProductivity• In support of Increasing Funding forLocal Government Energy Assuranceand Energy Security Efforts• Require that The U.S. Department ofEnergy Focus on the Treatment andStorage of Radioactive Waste On-Sitewhere Appropriate to Mitigate Healthand Environmental Risks of TransportingLow, High and Mixed Level Wasteto Offsite Treatment Facilities• Support for Onshore and OffshoreWind Energy Production• Endorsing the Maximum AchievableBuilding Energy Efficiency Improve-See Waste on page 37Page 36 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESTask Force Focuses on Need for QuickPassage of Immigration Reform LegislationBy Laura DeKoven Waxman“I’m struck by how far we’ve comesince we last met at a Conference of MayorsAnnual Meeting,” Immigration ReformTask Force Chair Laredo Mayor Raul Salinassaid at the Task Force June 21 meetingin Las Vegas.“One year ago at this Task Forcemeeting, recognizing that passage of theDREAM Act was not going to happenquickly, we called on the Department ofHomeland Security to create a programwhich would allow DREAM Act-eligibleyoung people to apply for provisional statuson a case-by-case basis, thus allowingthem to pursue their dreams while contributingtheir considerable talents to the countrythey love and consider home,” Salinascontinued. “While we were in Orlando forthat meeting, President Obama and Secretaryof Homeland Security Napolitanoannounced the deferred action policy.Today we have with us one of the wonderfulyoung Americans who that policy ishelping to stay in our country. Of course,as he will tell us, there is more to do.”Salinas was referring to AlejandroMorales, one of four DREAMers featuredin The Dream is Now, a documentaryscreened for the Task Force which portraysthe impact that undocumented status hason young people who came to the U.S.as young children and makes the case forquick passage of immigration reform legislation.Morales told the Task Force about hisdreams of becoming a U.S. Marine and hisresolve to make that happen someday andto even go on to becoming the first HispanicCommandant of the Marine Corps.Conference of Mayors Second VicePresident Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnsonbrought the film to the Conferenceof Mayors and introduced it, along withEmerson Collective Senior Advisor AartiKohli, which helped to make the film possibleand is promoting screenings of itLeft to right, Homeland Security Department Assistant Secretary PhilMcNamara, USCM Task Force Vice Chair Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola,USCM Task Force Chair Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas, DREAMer AlejandroMorales, Senior Advisor to the Emerson Collective Aarti Kohli, and USCMSecond Vice President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.At left, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton with Los Angeles Mayor-elect EricGarcetti during Immigration Task Force meeting.in communities across the nation. TaskForce Vice Chair Little Rock Mayor MarkStodola led a discussion on the film andKohli invited the mayors to go to www.thedreamisnow.org for information on thefilm and to view it.Johnson also described a new initiativeto be unveiled later this summer,Inside Out Immigration, which will takeplace in cities across the country. It willprovide large public art installations featuringlocal residents’ faces and providinga graphic display of their diversity.The Task Force was briefed on the statusat that time of immigration reform legislationin Congress by Department of HomelandSecurity Acting General Counsel JimSandweg and the Department’s point personon immigration reform, and Center forAmerican Progress Immigration Policy VicePresident Angie Kelley. At the time of theTask Force meeting, the bill was pending inthe Senate, so Sandweg and Kelley’s briefingswere done over the phone since bothneeded to remain in Washington.Besides going over the bill’s key provisions,they discussed an amendment thathad just been proposed by Senators JohnHoeven (ND) and Bob Corker (TN) thatwould require a further increase in personneland infrastructure along the southernborder before immigrants could beswitched from provisional to permanentlegal status. Sandweg’s comments madeit clear that the Obama Administrationwas accepting the amendment, whichwas adopted and, in fact, pave the wayfor increased Republican support of thebill on final passage the following week.In her comments, Kelley had focused onseveral Republican Senators whose supportwas critical to passage with a strongbipartisan show of support.DREAMer Alejandro Moralesdescribing his life as an undocumentedperson and his aspirationto become a U.S. Marine.Wastefrom page 36ments in the 2015 International EnergyConservation Code• Promoting the Energy Efficiency by theNation’s Electric and Gas Utilities• In Support of Combined Heat andPower• Conserving Energy and Protecting thePublic from Injury and Death Causedby Contact Voltage in our CommunitiesEnergyfrom page 34how the city had already developed twonet zero public buildings. Acknowledgingthe Conference of Mayors leadership onthese issues, Perrigo explained how the2005 Mayors Climate Protection Agreementhad helped prompt early actionsby the city to address its energy use andclimate emissions.Joining Perrigo for the presentationwas Building Media, Inc. President DarrenHarris, Chair of the Building AmericaRetrofit Alliance. Supported by theU.S. Department of Energy’s BuildingAmerica Program, Harris talked abouthow the Alliance was developing strategies,including demonstration projectslike those in Las Vegas, to find ways toreduce the $240 billion in energy costspaid annually by the roughly 113 millionhomes throughout the U.S.“Our work in Las Vegas is real bellweather for what’s being done,” Harristold the mayors, explaining that the overallgoal of the Building America Program is tofind ways to reduce energy consumptionin residential buildings by 30-50 percent.These buildings, he noted, account forabout 22 percent of all U.S. energy use.BGREEN 2020 GuidesBridgeport’s EffortsTask force co-chair Finch presentedan overview of his many efforts to greenBridgeport, activities largely guided by hiscity’s BGreen 2020 plan. He explainedhow sustainability and education reformare his Administration’s top two priorities.“The more we can urbanize, the more wecan reduce emissions,” he said in explainingthat the average Bridgeport residentgenerated about 50 percent of the emissionsof a suburban resident.He talked about Bridgeport’s Eco-technologyPark, which he noted is alreadyhome to the world’s second largest fuelcell. At the park, he talked about howthere are already a number of new businessesthat are recycling waste materials.“We [Bridgeport] are redefining waste sothere will be none in the future,” he said.His other initiatives include a Mayor’sConservation Corps, an Energy ImprovementDistrict, a CNG refueling station, adistrict heating loop, and a heroes’ villagewhere veterans run the food productionfrom local greenhouses to supply localrestaurants and other businesses. The cityis also partnering with a business thatrecycles tires into bikeways and pathways.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 37


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESMayoral Strategies for Facilitating SmallBusiness, EntrepreneurshipBy Eugene T. LowePast Conference of Mayors PresidentBurnsville Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz, Co-Chair of the Small Business, Franchisingand Entrepreneurship Task Force, said tothe participants at the meeting held onJune 24 that the purpose of the sessionwas to provide some real life tactics tohelp facilitate small business and entrepreneursin cities. Kautz said, “We canhelp facilitate by providing capital andother resources to establish enterprises.”Co-Chair, Kansas City (MO) MayorSly James said that he was happy to beengaged with the task force becauseworking with entrepreneurs in his city wasa big deal. He said, “I am dedicated tofinding innovative ways to support entrepreneurs.”James encouraged all mayorsto build that entrepreneurial eco systemthat is essential to building the businessesof the future. We need to find better waysto partner with entrepreneurs, but sometimesthe best way is to get out of theirway so they can do what they do. Sometimesgovernments are a hindrance toentrepreneurial endeavors but we needto be able to make the distinction of whento help and when to step away.Former past President of the Conferenceof Mayors and former TrentonMayor Douglas H. Palmer brieflyaddressed the task force. Palmer is creditedwith bringing the franchising componentto the Small Business Task Force andthe Conference of Mayors.The task force then heard presentationsfrom four speakers: American ManagementServices Executive Vice President andCOO Lou Mosca, International FranchiseLeft to right, USCM Past President and former Trenton Mayor DouglasH. Palmer, American Management Services Executive Vice President andCOO Lou Mosca, International Franchise Association Senior Director ofState Government Affairs Dean Heyl, USCM Past President BurnsvilleMayor Elizabeth B. Kautz, Kansas City (MO) Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James,HomeAway Inc. Government Relations Director Matthew Curtis, andInternational Franchise Association (IFA) Education and Diversity SeniorDirector Miriam Brewer.Association (IFA) Senior Director of StateGovernment Affairs Dean Heyl, InternationalFranchise Association (IFA) Educationand Diversity Senior Director MiriamBrewer, and HomeAway Inc. GovernmentRelations Director Matthew Curtis.Mosca briefed the task force on PartnerAmerica and how it can help smallbusinesses today. He said that AmericanManagement Services through PartnerAmerica focuses on small, privatelyowned businesses. Partner America helpssmall business realize sustained growthand profitability. It has helped thousandsof businesses increase profits and cashflow. Partner America accomplishes itsgoals by providing business managementexpertise, technical assistance, educationmentoring and advice.Heyl told the task force that the InternationalFranchise Association representsnearly 13,000 franchisee, 1,200 franchisorand 600 supplier members nationwideacross 295 business categories. Hesaid that a study found that over 825,000franchised establishments in the U.S. contributednearly 18 million jobs and generated$2.1 trillion in economic output.Heyl said that more credit, however, isneeded to expand franchising; there is acredit gap of 20 percent or $2 billion facingfranchise small businesses. There areother challenges: zoning restrictions andemployee wage and hiring issues. Somewould like to zone out franchises, while othersare requiring a high minimum wage outof the reach of many franchises, and thereis a proposed ordinance related to hiringconvicted criminals. Heyl said that menand women who have served in the U.S.military can take advantage of the VeteransTransition Franchise Initiative, known as“VetFran.” The program encourages franchiseownership by offering financial incentivesto honorably discharged veterans.Brewer described the InternationalFranchise Association’s Diversity Institute.She said that the Diversity Institute providesone convenient place where minorityprospects can explore franchise offeringsof companies actively looking to recruitminority franchisees. The IFA hosts “One-Day Opportunities in Franchising” seminarsin major cities across the country. IFAwill also open three Franchise ResourceCenters over the next year. IFA also has a“Meet With the Mayors” program, whichis designed to enhance the relationship ofIFA members with their local mayor andto develop a plan on how to work mosteffectively with the Office of the Mayorand the city’s Economic DevelopmentOffice. Kautz, along with other local Minnesotamayors held such an event with IFAon September 25, 2012.Curtis began his remarks by developingfurther James’ comment on buildingan eco system for entrepreneurs. As aformer staff person to several mayors andworking with different entrepreneurs overthe years, Curtis said from his perspective,it really is about building that ecosystem or building an atmosphere of support.“I think it is important when workingwith entrepreneurs in your communityis connecting to them, coordinatingwith them, and helping them to integrate.They don’t always know how to work withgovernment”, Curtis said. He ended hisremarks by suggesting that mayors lookinto Austin (TX) Small Business DevelopmentProgram, which he said is an awardwinning program that can be used as abest practice.Republican Mayors and Local OfficialsLeft to right, House Transportation and InfrastructureCommittee Chairman Bill Shuster (PA), Republican Mayorsand Local Officials President Oklahoma City Mayor MickCornett, and USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.Republican mayors.Page 38 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESVETEransfrom page 24costs and other benefits. He asked mayorsto team up with the VA State Directorsand put programs in place to assist veteransin filing for benefits. He explainedthat as more veterans take advantage ofthese benefits, more dollars will be spentin states and local communities.50th AnniversaryCommemoration of theVietnam WarDepartment of Defense Vietnam War50th Anniversary Commemoration ProgramDirector General Mick Kicklightertold mayors that Congress passed legislationin 2008 that tasked the DepartmentDefense to organize, recruit and supportevents all across America to assist thenation in thanking and honoring our VietnamVeterans and their families, especiallyfamilies who have lost love ones inthat war and families who still have loveones that are missing or unaccounted for.The Commemoration will be in 3 phases:Phase 1, which runs from now to the endof 2014, will focus on organizing, recruiting,and supporting commemorativepartners; Phase 2, which will take placebetween 2015 and 2017, will focus on akickoff with a joint meeting of the Houseand Senate, and commemorative partnerswill be asked to conduct two eventseach year in home town America tothank and honor veterans and their families;and Phase 3, which will take placebetween 2018 and 2025, will focus onproviding educational material and makingsure the legacy of the Vietnam Warera is properly established in history.During the past 8 months, Kicklightersaid the Program has recruited more than4,650 commemorative partners, includingsix states and eleven cities. The city ofAuburn was one of the first cities to joinas a commemorative partner. New Yorkand Chicago have also joined. Cities canjoin by applying online at www.Vietnamwar50th.com.Ending Homelessness AmongVeteransContinuing on the theme of honoringveterans, U.S. Interagency Council onEnding Homelessness Executive DirectorBarbara Poppe told mayors that one ofthe things they could do to commemorateveterans is to make sure they arenot sleeping on the streets and that theyhave the dignity of a place to live. Shetold mayors about the federal governmentsOpening Doors program whichhas four goals: end chronic homelessnessby 2015; end veterans homelessness by2015; end homelessness among families,children and youth by 2020; and set apath to end all types of homelessness by2020. As executive director of the Council,Poppe works with 19 different federalagencies to create a national partnershipwith every level of government andthe private sector to reduce and endhomelessness in our nation. By workingtogether and better coordinating the variousservices available to veterans, Poppebelieves if veterans can be encouraged totake advantage of the benefits and servicesoffered by the VA and other federalagencies, “we can prevent them fromexperiencing long term homelessness.”The collaboration between federal agenciesand the partnerships with other levelsof government and the private sector areworking. According to Poppe, “The goodnews is that because of this concertedeffort over the last two years, we actuallyreduced veteran homelessness across thecountry by 18 percent.”Transitioning From Active Dutyto Local CommunitiesAssociation of Defense CommunitiesCEO and Executive Director Tim Ford toldmayors his association represents 90 percentof the top defense communities withmilitary installations. He acknowledgedthat a lot of change is occurring in themilitary that will have a huge impact onthese communities. As a result his associationis focusing on two issues: whatshould be the role of defense communitiesas active duty people make the transitionback in to local communities; and puttingin place a Landing Zone, a concept thatassumes a set of benefits and servicesneed to be in place in local communitiesto help service members make the transition.If certain benefits are in place, servicemen and women will be in the bestposition to move forward. Ford said hisassociation is developing a model fordefense communities so they can look atwhat they have in place and make surethey have established a landing zone.Veterans Resource AssociationOrangehat Group Principle RandallSkoglund spoke about a new organizationbeing formed, the Veterans Resource Association,which will encourage cities to startviewing veterans as someone they shouldrecruit and even compete for. He citedthree reasons for doing this: (1) veteransare powerful engines for economic growthdue to all of the benefits they are entitledto that can be spent in local communities;(2) they are people you want in your communitiesbecause they are hard working,dependable, decent people; (3) it’s the rightthing to do for someone who has put theirlife on the line for our freedom.National Conference of Democratic MayorsAt podium, White House Deputy Assistant to the Presidentand Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnewspeaks to members of the National Conference of DemocraticMayors at their June 21 meeting with President of theNational Conference of Democratic Mayors MinneapolisMayor R.T. Rybak, left.Democratic mayors listen to the presentation given by White House Deputy Assistantto the President David Agnew.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 39


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESMetro Economies Committee Focuses onMunicipal Bonds, Pension Benefits; KatzBriefs on Metropolitan RevolutionBy Larry JonesLouisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Chairmanof the USCM Metro EconomiesCommittee, welcomed noted author andwidely known expert on smart ideas andinnovations in local governments BruceKatz to the Committee’s June 22 meetingto discuss his new book — The MetropolitanRevolution: How Cities and Metrosare Fixing our Broken Politics and FragileEconomy. Katz, who currently serves asVice President at the Brookings Institutionand Founding Director of the BrookingsMetropolitan Policy program, told mayorsattending the meeting that in an erawhen the nation continues to face gridlockin Washington, economic stagnationand fiscal turmoil, we are witnessing apower shift away from Washington, andeven state capitols, toward our major citiesand metropolitan areas.At left, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is shown chairing the June 22 MetroEconomies Policy Committee meeting with Racine Mayor John Dickert, whoserves as Vice Chair of the Committee.Metropolitan RevolutionKatz told mayors his book is about themetropolitan revolution, a national movementtaking place in local communitiesacross the nation where mayors and anetwork of pragmatic leaders, are tacklingbig issues that politicians in Washington willnot or cannot solve. He explained that overthe next ten years we will see a significantreduction in discretionary spending at thefederal level according to the latest CongressionalBudget Office estimates. He saidthis will be partially driven by the agingpopulation which will require increasedspending on Medicare, Medicaid andSocial Security. “And assuming that Washingtondoes not raise taxes, which I thinkis a good assumption, it means they aregoing to shift responsibilities, which they arealready beginning to do, for infrastructure,education, and a whole series of domesticissues down to states, to cities and metropolitanareas.” According to Katz, citiesand metro areas are already beginning torespond to this, led by mayors and othercorporate and civic leaders.Katz cited a number of examples ofcities tackling their own problems insteadof looking to Washington for answers.He mentioned New York City’s AppliedSciences Initiative, which will help diversifythe city’s vast economy by fosteringcutting edge technologies in media,healthcare, urban transport, and thebuilt environment; Portland’s export plan,which is based on selling the sustainabilitysolutions it has perfected to other citiesaround the world; Houston’s NeighborhoodCenters, Inc, which gives new immigrantsaccess to low cost banking, education,child care and healthcare and helpsthem start climbing the employment ladder.He also mentioned that Miami’s leadersunderstand that their future prosperitydepends on Latin America, and they arecreating strong ties with Brazil and othernations. Denver’s leaders have crossedcounty and party lines again and againto find the resources that would build aworld-class metropolis, including a firstratemodern mass transit system. Katzfurther pointed out that a major expansionof public transit in Los Angeles led toa national coalition of mayors and metropolitanleaders fighting for and winninga significant change in federal spendingon transportation programs, which putpeople to work on important infrastructureprojects. In Boston and Detroit, cityofficials, entrepreneurs, universities, andbusiness leaders are inventing InnovationDistricts that are designed to nurture theideas that will power these economies forthe next century.Changing the Tax ExemptStatus of Municipal BondsMichael Decker, Managing Directorand Co-Head of the Municipal SecuritiesDivision of the Securities Industry andFinancial Market Association, told mayorsthat proposals are still pending thatwould cap or eliminate the tax-exemptstatus of municipal bonds. For the pasttwo years the President has included aprovision in his budget proposals thatwould cap tax-exemptions, includinginterest earned from municipal bonds, forhigh-income earners at 28 percent. Also,the Senate’s 2014 budget provide optionsthat will allow the tax-exemption to becapped or eliminated. Decker told mayorswe have gotten a lot of millage froma joint survey released by the Conferenceof Mayors, the National League of Citiesand the National Association of Counties,which shows that state and local governmentswould have lost an estimated $173billion over the last decade if the 28 percentcap had been in effect, and an estimated$495 billion over the same periodif the tax-exemption had been eliminated.Decker reminded mayors that theHouse Ways and Means and SenateFinance Committees are moving aheadwith plans to introduce a comprehensivetax reform bill, which could affect thetax-exempt status of municipal bonds. Heurged them to keep the pressure on theircongressional delegations by remindingthem of the impact that the 28 cap willhave on their cities. He also encouragedthem to talk to their congressional delegationsabout specific infrastructure projectsthat have been successfully—the schools,bridges and other projects that have beenfinanced by tax-exempt municipal bonds.Pensions ReformJacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown toldmayors after winning his 2011 election,he said he would tackle his city’s growingpension liability issue and orderedhis transition team to work on it for ayear and a half. The city faced seriousfinancial challenges with its public safetyretirement fund. During the last decade,the city watched its annual contributionto the pension fund grow by a staggering1,125 percent, from approximately$10 million in 2003 to nearly $122 millionin 2013. The pension plan’s unfundedliability grew from $400 million in 2003to nearly $1.4 billion in 2011. This meantthat the fund was only 38 percent fundedin October 2011. In less than two yearsafter entering office, Mayor Brown toldmayors he reached agreement andannounced a historic reform of pensionbenefits for Jackson’s public safetyemployees. The plan calls for increasedemployee contributions for employeeshired after October 1, 2013. For thesenew employees it also caps annualbenefits, increases the retirement age,reduces the benefit accrual rate, lowersthe cost of living adjustment (COLA) andabolishes the Deferred Retirement OptionProgram. Current police and fire employeeswill retain their benefits but will contributeadditional funds to their pensionplan. If approved by the Jacksonville CityCouncil, the reform is projected to savetaxpayers $1.2 billion over the next 30years, including $45 million in 2014.Adopted Resolutions• Defending the Tax Exemption ofMunicipal Bonds• In Support of the Municipal Bond TaxExemption• In Thanks to Senators Enzi, Durbinand Alexander• The Need to Preserve Local Governmentand Consumers Rights in theBroadband Era• Expressing Opposition to ProposedChanges in the Net Asset Value Rulesfor Money Market Mutual Funds• Supporting Change of MunicipalSecurities Definition in the Volker Rule• In Support of Critical U.S. CensusBureau Surveys• In Support of Repatriating CorporateEarnings to Build Infrastructure in theUnited States• Promoting Local Hiring and LocalProcurement of Goods and Services ANew National Model for Investments• Supporting the Reinstatement of theSuperfund Tax• Charitable Tax Reform• In Support of Federal Historic Tax Credit• Ending Homelessness Among Veterans• Assume the Purple Heart Designationin U.S. Cities, Capital Cities and U.S.Territories• Arts and Health in the Military• In Support of the United States Conferenceof Mayors Retirement Program• Supporting Comprehensive RegulatoryStreamlining and Reform• In Support of Policies for Sharable Cities• In Support of Increasing TobaccoExcise Taxes to Pay for Preschool forAll Four-Year Olds in Low Income andModerate Income Families, ExpandedCare for Infants and Toddlers,and Expanded Federal Investments inHome Visitation Program• In Support of the Renewal of theBrownfields Tax Deduction• Regional Export Challenge GrantsPage 40 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


STAnding CoMMiTTEES / TASk ForCESExports and Ports Task Force Continues Push for HarborMaintenance Trust Fund, Increase in ExportsBy Dave GattonJacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown toldmembers of the Metro Exports and PortsTask Force that progress was being madein efforts to require the federal governmentto spend Harbor Maintenance TrustFund fees on modernizing the nation’sports. Currently the trust fund has a nearly$7 billion surplus. The task force meton June 23 during The U.S. Conferenceof Mayors annual meeting held in LasVegas.“Through bi-partisan efforts in theSenate, Congress would be required toappropriate all HMTF fees raised annuallyto be appropriated for port investments,”said Brown, who chairs the taskforce, and referring to the recently passedWater Resources Development Act of2013 (WRDA) in the Senate. “This willresult in a significant increase in the fundsavailable to our ports,” he said.In a related development, House Transportationand Infrastructure CommitteeChairman, Representative Bill Shuster signaledthat his committee would include asimilar provision in their re-authorizationof WRDA. Speaking before the mayors’plenary session the previous day, Shustersaid that ports were a priority and thatHMTF resources should be dedicated tomodernizing the nation’s ports.The task force then heard from aforum of mayors who were working withthe Brookings Institution on developingregional export strategies.Des Moines Mayor Frank Cowniereviewed results from a survey of his city’sbusinesses on the challenges to expandingexports. The top three challengeswere: knowledge of foreign markets;transportation costs; and foreign governmentregulations and policies. Over19,400 jobs were supported throughexports in 2010 in the Des Moines region.The goal is to increase the 450 companiesthat currently export by ten percent.“Exports represent a growth opportunityfor our region, but we have to be strategicand targeted in our outreach andassistance efforts,” Cownie said.Portland Mayor Charlie Hales told themayors that Portland is the 2nd-fastestgrowing export market among the 100largest metros, and the 12th largest by volumein 2010 with $21 billion in exports.The Greater Portland Export Plan’s goalis to double exports over the next fiveyears by supporting and leveraging primaryexporters (the Intel plan); catalyzingunder-exporters, by working with a selectgroup of key manufacturers; enhancingthe export pipeline through export mentoringof small and medium sized firms; andmarketing Portland’s global edge.Left to right, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, USCM staff member DaveGatton, USCM Exports and Ports Task Force Chair Jacksonville Mayor AlvinBrown, and USCM Exports and Ports Task Force Vice Chair Fresno MayorAshley Swearengin.Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyleexpanded on these objectives by describinghow his city reached out to small andmedium size business.Columbus (OH) Mayor Michael Colemanreviewed his Columbus export planand discussed the advantage that Rickenbakerairport and logistics center gave tothe region.Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster reiteratedthe Conference’s call for developmentof a national all-freight policy tobring cost efficiencies to the movement ofgoods, both exports and imports.Bruce Katz of Brookings summarizedthe importance of exports by remindingthe mayors that the nation still “sells mostlyto ourselves, when most of the world’sfuture market growth will occur beyondour borders.”“Politics in America Has to Change” Says Diaz, Author ofNew Book on MiamiBy Steven LeeFormer Miami Mayor Manny Diaz,a past Conference of Mayors President,spoke June 23 about his new book andhis thoughts on the difference betweenpolitics at the national level and at thecity level. The book, titled “Miami Transformed:Rebuilding America One Neighborhood,One City at a Time,” focuses onDiaz’s reinvention of Miami as its mayorfrom 2001–2009.“I wrote this book because politics inAmerica has got to change; in fact, thatis the first line of the book.” Diaz said.“More and more of us are coming to therealization that no matter our side of thepolitical aisle we can all agree that noneof us is satisfied with the direction or thestate of our country.”In his remarks, Diaz said that nationalpoliticians seem to lack solutions orrelationships. “What I see is a group ofpeople that don’t really seem to like eachother,” Diaz said. “And we seem to gofrom crisis to crisis without any long-termsolutions. In Washington, they don’t managecrisis, they manage by crisis.”Diaz criticized the lack of a nationalbudget, clear economic plan, energyFormer Miami Mayor Diaz talks about his book “Miami: Revisited” thatfocuses on his eight-year tenure as mayor of Miami.plan, and infrastructure plans, outliningthree ways mayors are different frompoliticians at the national level.The first way mayors are set apartfrom other politicians are their proximityto the people, according to Diaz. “Mayorscannot hide. We can’t get on a planeback to the Beltway. We run into our constituentsat our places of worship, at a gasstation, at a supermarket, having a cup ofcoffee, and we all know they let us knowwhat they think about the way we’re governing,”he said.For his second point, Diaz noted that,“Cities are America’s laboratories.”During his remarks and in his book,Diaz refers to a President Kennedy whowanted to get to the moon. Though thedream was written off by many, just afew year later, Diaz saw Neil Armstrongland on the moon. “We need our go tothe moon moment and we need it now,”he said. “That’s what leaders do. Youdream big. And then you lead others toyour idea.”Finally, Diaz said that mayors are freefrom being shackled by political ideologyallowing decisions to be dictated by acommon sense, practical, and businessmindedapproach. “A job creator will notcome into a city that has poor schools,a poor transit system and infrastructure,lack of economic opportunity, and onewho fails to be open and welcoming toall of its residents,” Diaz said.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 41


Clinton Global InitiATiVE • ChiCAGo • June 13–14Mayors Promote Infrastructure Partnerships at CGI AmericaMeetingBy Kevin McCartyMore than 1,000 leaders from business,non-governmental organizations,government, philanthropy, academia andothers convened June 13-14 in Chicago forthe third meeting of the Clinton Global InitiativeAmerica (CGI) to develop concretesolutions for U.S. economic recovery andother economic and social challenges.Several mayors, including top leadersof the Conference of Mayors, joined withformer President Bill Clinton, host ChicagoMayor Rahm Emanuel, Hilary RodmanClinton, Chelsea Clinton, U.S. TreasurySecretary Jack Lew, New Jersey GovernorChris Christie and other leaders whocontributed to sessions throughout the twodaymeeting, aimed at generating ideasand supporting commitments to action bykey individuals and organizations.Emanuel, who chairs the Conferenceof Mayors-Clinton Global Initiative TaskForce on Infrastructure Financing for Cities,led the working group track on theseissues where a number of mayors metand collaborated with business, academicand other experts to develop additionalstrategies and possibly new models forfinancing local infrastructure.Conference of Mayors LeadersFeatured at Key SessionsConference of Mayors President PhiladelphiaMayor Michael A. Nutter tookpart in a special session, “Young Americans:Engaging Today’s Youth, PreparingTomorrow’s Workforce,” where CGI isseeking to leverage its various platformsChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuelexplains to assembled mayors,financing experts and others thegoals of the working group trackon infrastructure financing for cities.Left to right, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Jacksonville Mayor AlvinBrown, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett,USCM President Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Atlanta MayorKasim Reed, USCM Vice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, IndianapolisMayor Gregory A. Ballard, and Redmond Mayor John Marchione at amayors’ June 13 press conference at the CGI America meeting in Chicago.Left to right, Redmond Mayor John Marchione, Louisville Mayor GregFischer, President Bill Clinton, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and ChicagoMayor Rahm Emanuel where mayors joined with the former President tomake Commitments to Action.to engage and empower youth. The sessionbrought together participants tonetwork, share information, and explorepotential opportunities for collaborationas well as to highlight Commitments toAction designed to engage youth todayas productive citizens and prepare youngpeople for a successful future.On the first day of the meeting, ChelseaClinton led a plenary session, “AmericanAdaptability: People, Places, andEnterprise,” where Conference of MayorsVice President Mesa Mayor Scott Smithjoined with her and other panelists andshared his perspectives on initiatives nowunderway in his city.Nearly all of the mayors participatingin the CGI America meeting weremembers of Emanuel’s Task Force onInfrastructure Financing for Cities, whichheld a number of sessions throughout themeeting focusing on individual mayorsand their local infrastructure priorities.These dialogue sessions in Chicago continuedto build upon preliminary assessmentsand reviews started earlier thisyear at the Washington (DC) meeting ofthe task force.Other task force members who joinedwith Emanuel, Nutter and Smith in Chicagowere: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed,Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker, IndianapolisMayor Gregory A. Ballard,Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, LouisvilleMayor Greg Fischer, New OrleansMayor Mitch Landrieu, Oklahoma CityMayor Mick Cornett, and RedmondMayor John Marchione.During the meeting, Clinton announcedthat next year’s CGI America Meeting willbe held in Denver.Page 42 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


WASHINGTON OUTLOOKHomeland Security Grants ImprovedNation’s Emergency Response System, EuilleTells Senate SubcommitteeBy Laura DeKoven WaxmanAlexandria (VA) Mayor Bill Euille, representingThe U.S. Conference of MayorsJune 25 before a Senate Homeland SecuritySubcommittee, told Senators that, “Mybasic message today is that mayors andother local officials across the nation stronglysupport the existing menu of homelandsecurity programs…[that] they are working.”“We recognize that they may not beperfect and some changes may be needed,”he continued, “but they are the productof years of work by Congress, the Administration,state and local governments, andfirst responders. The federal grant fundswhich the Department of Homeland Securityand its Federal Emergency ManagementAdministration have provided clearly haveimproved the nation’s planning, mitigation,preparedness, prevention, response, andrecovery capabilities.”Euille appeared before the Subcommitteeon Emergency Management, IntergovernmentalRelations, and the Districtof Columbia of the Homeland Securityand Government Affairs Committee. It ischaired by Alaska Senator Mark Begich,a former mayor of Anchorage. Begichcalled the hearing to discuss the nation’spreparedness and measure the impact ofhomeland security grant funding since theterrorist attacks of 9/11.Euille told the Subcommittee that theApril 15 bombing at the Boston Marathonprovides an excellent example ofhow DHS investments provided throughthe Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)program have paid off. “There can be nodoubt that they contributed significantlyto the Boston area’s quick and effectiveresponse to this horrific act of terrorism,”he commented. His statement forthe record included many specific examplesof how the funds Boston receivedincreased communications interoperability,facilitated intelligence and informationsharing, provided critical infrastructureand key resources, and enhanced planningand community preparedness.At left, Alaska Senator Mark Begich with Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille.The mayor also detailed how Alexandriaand the National Capital Region(NCR) have made good use of the homelandsecurity funds they have received.“We have used lessons learned from variousincidents to guide investment decisionsto increase our capabilities to protectagainst future occurrences,” he comment-See GRANTS on page 44Smith Lauds Senate Passage of Immigration Reform, UrgesHouse to Pass Bipartisan Bill This YearBy Laura DeKoven WaxmanApplauding The Senate’s June 27passage of comprehensive immigrationreform, Conference of Mayors PresidentMesa Mayor Scott Smith urged the Houseof Representatives to “follow the Senate’sstrong lead and adopt comprehensive,bipartisan immigration reform legislationthis year.” He called it “the right thing to dofor our families, our cities, our economy,and our country.” The Senate passed thebill on a 68-32 vote, with all Democratsand 14 Republicans voting in favor of thecompromise measure.Commenting that the Senate-passedbill will “repair our broken immigrationsystem,” Smith pointed out in his statementthe bill is consistent with the Conferenceof Mayors adopted policy. Hesaid that it will “further strengthen bordersecurity, create an effective employerverification system, reform the legal immigrationsystem, and allow the 11 millionpeople residing in the country illegally toget right with the law and earn a pathwayto citizenship.”The Senate adopted several amendmentsto the bill which was reported outof the Judiciary Committee on June 7, mostnotably one proposed by Senators JohnHoeven (ND) and Bob Corker (TN), whichrequired a further increase in personneland infrastructure along the southern borderbefore immigrants could be switchedfrom provisional to permanent legal status.The amendment, which would providean additional $30 billion to hire 19,200border control agents, $8 billion to build700 miles of fencing, and $6.5 billion forequipment, passed on a 69-29 vote andpaved the way for additional Republicansupport for final passage of the bill.House action is still unclear. HouseSpeaker John Boehner (OH) has said thatthe House will act on immigration reform,but said July 8 that there must be “strongborder security in place before we beginthe process of legalizing and fixing ourlegal immigration system.” The HouseJudiciary Committee has been consideringbills which deal with individualaspects of the immigration system. At thesame time the House has a bipartisan“Gang of Seven” which is developing acomprehensive immigration reform bill,but that measure has yet to be unveiled.Conference of Mayors Lauds Supreme Court’sDecisions in Same Sex Marriage CasesBy Laura DeKoven Waxman“These historic decisions will dramaticallyimprove the lives of same-sex couplesin cities across the nation,” Conference ofMayors CEO and Executive Director TomCochran said in a June 26 statement inresponse to the Supreme Court’s decisionsthat day in the Defense of Marriage Actand Proposition 8 cases. “It’s particularlygratifying for an organization such asours which has been in the forefront ofefforts to provide full equality for gay andlesbian Americans since 1984.”Cochran’s statement explained that“more recently, in 2009, the Conference[of Mayors] unanimously approved aresolution stating that the organization“supports marriage equality for same-sexcouples, and the recognition and extensionof full equal rights to such unions,including family and medical leave, taxequity, and insurance and retirement benefits,and opposes the enshrinement ofdiscrimination in the federal or state constitution.”“We could not be more pleasedthat principles of equality such as thesehave now been validated by the highestcourt in the land,” he concluded.The U.S. Conference of Mayors wasone of 278 organizations, including 15cities, which signed onto an employers’amicus brief which asked the Court to findSection 3 of the Defense of Marriage Actunconstitutional because it forces employersto put its lawfully-married employeesinto two categories, thus creating regulatory,tax, benefits, and morale problems. Themajority opinion written by Justice AnthonyKennedy reflected some of the concernsof employers and employer organizationsraised in that brief when it summarized theharm to families that flowed from DOMA,noting that DOMA “raise[d] the cost ofhealth care for families by taxing healthbenefits provided by employers to theirworkers’ same-sex spouses.”July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 43


GRANTSfrom page 43ed. He told the Senators, as an example,that following the Anthrax attack in 2001,“the NCR used UASI funds to enhancesecure and interoperable communications,information sharing, and situationalawareness in the region, and producedNCR Net, a secure fiber optic networkconnecting the NCR jurisdictions; Essence,a public health surveillance system; andthe installation of chemical/biological sensorsin the Metro System.”Euille used the hearing as an opportunityto comment on the Administration’sproposal in both its FY 2013 and FY 2014budget submissions to significantly reformand consolidate FEMA’s homeland securitygrant programs into a new state-centricNational Preparedness Grant Program.“It is no secret that The U.S. Conferenceof Mayors and other organizations whichrepresent local governments, first responders,and emergency managers have registeredserious concerns with the proposal toconvert the current suite of homeland securitygrant programs into state-administeredblock and competitive grant programs inwhich funding decisions are based onstate and multi-state threat assessments,”he told the Subcommittee.The mayor urged the Senators “toincrease, not decrease, local involvementand flexibility,” saying that local officialsknow best the threats they face, and theyknow best the gaps which exist in communitypreparedness. “The homeland securitygrant programs should support primarilylocal prevention and preparednessefforts since disaster impacts and responseare local in nature,” he concluded.Page 44 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


Save Money on Employee Benefits Costs with Section 125“Flex” PlansBy Kathryn Kretschmer-WeylandSaving money on the cost of benefitsis top of mind for every mayor and cityhuman resource manager. With the totalcost for health care insurance alone toppingmore than $10,000 per employee, 1cities are looking more closely than everat their benefits budgets. One way manypublic employers are saving money is byestablishing Section 125 plans, also knownas cafeteria or flexible benefits plans.In a study on health care costs, 2 governmentfinancial officers say pretaxingbenefits is one of the most widely recognizedstrategies for controlling benefitscosts. More than three quarters ofemployers surveyed say they offer pretaxbenefits plans, and 86 percent of themrecommend this option to others. In fact,73 percent of them highly recommendthis strategy, making it the most enthusiasticallyendorsed strategy in the survey.Begin with Premium ConversionCities can implement a flexible benefitsplan with little expense. The potentialcost considerations include fees paidto a lawyer or professional tax advisor,third-party administrative services fees,and the cost of updating the payroll systemto accommodate pretax deductions.Although the plan is the city’s plan, someinsurance carriers can help provide theemployer with the communications supportand documentation required toimplement the flexible benefits plan.The first step is often a premium only(premium conversion) plan the first year.The conversion of qualified insurance premiumsto pretax dollars allows the employerand the employee to take advantageof the additional choice and tax savingswithout a major disruption to the benefitsprogram. This is easy to communicate toemployees. The following year, employersoften choose to add a dependent careor health care flexible spending account.These accounts allow employees to setaside pretax dollars to pay for qualifiedday care, dependent care or out-of-pockethealth care expenses.Educating Employees is Criticalto SuccessCities that already have a Section125 plan in place and offer health careor dependent care spending accounts totheir employees should proactively promoteand educate employees on howto take full advantage of these accounts.Many local governments admit that lack ofparticipation in these spending accounts isa direct result of poor communication andunderstanding of them by employees.Focused education and promotion willincrease employee understanding of thebenefits of flexible spending accounts.This, in turn, will spur participation thatwill generate tax savings for both theemployee and employer. For example,a North Carolina community collegewith approximately 1,000 employeesenhanced education and communicationof its flexible spending account, increasingparticipation by 68 percent. This createdmore than $100,000 in tax savingsfor employees and $26,000 in FICA savingsfor the college. 3Columbia (SC), which has about 2,300employees, more than doubled the numberof employees who participated in itsflexible spending accounts from 2010 to2011 by using Colonial Life’s personalbenefits counselors to conduct its annualenrollment and communicate its benefitspackage. The city saved more than$100,000 in taxes as a result. 4 As MayorSteve Benjamin explained, “I was amazedat how with a short one on one conversation,something that had once been murkyand confusing to employees was quicklysimplified and turned into a great costsavings benefit for the employees personallyand for the city of Columbia.”Similar savings occurred for a localcounty government in South Carolina. Thecounty implemented a Section 125 planthat included flexible spending accountsfor its 1,500 employees. Not only didemployees who participated in the programsave a total of nearly $550,000 intaxes, but the county itself saved morethan $105,000 in FICA taxes. 5Most cities don’t have a lot of extratime or manpower to devote to administrationand proper communication oftheir benefits plans. Fortunately, benefitscarriers can often provide these services— often at no cost, as part of their enrollmentprocess. A benefits partner thatcan demonstrate the value to employeesthrough customized savings illustrationsand benefits statements can help drivestronger participation and higher costsavings. This is a great time to leveragethe capabilities of private sector partners.Government employers have accessto many proven solutions to control andeven reduce costs while continuing tooffer a strong benefits package. Section125 plans offer an easy and effectiveway to help trim a city’s benefits budget.For information on how to implementthese best practices, contact Jeff Bean atjbean@usmayors.org or Louie Watson atlwatson@usmayors.org.Endnotes1Mercer, “National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans,” November, 2011.2“Containing Health Care Costs,” GovernmentFinance Officers Association, 2011.3Colonial Life case study, 2013.4“Cost Crunch: How One City Is SavingMoney on Employee Benefits,” US Mayor,June 2012.5Colonial Life case study. 2013.What Makes Your City a457(b) Plan FiduciaryQ. I don’t understand why theplan sponsor of a 457(b) deferredcompensation plan is a fiduciary.The money doesn’t belong to thecity, so why are we responsible?A. This is a great question because itgets right at the heart of what constitutesfiduciary capacity and when it attaches toan individual. A person is said to act in afiduciary capacity when he or she handlesmoney or property for the benefit of another.Thus, it is precisely the fact that the planassets do not belong to the city, but ratherare held in trust for plan participants, thatimposes fiduciary responsibility on the plansponsor. When the plan sponsor or certaindesignated employees are making decisionsthat impact the plan and plan assets,they are “handling money for the benefit ofanother,” the plan participants.Fiduciary status is based on the functionsthe individual performs with regardto the plan, including appointing otherplan fiduciaries, hiring and monitoringthird-party providers, interpreting provisionsof the plan document, and choosingor monitoring plan investments. Thisis when having and following an investmentpolicy statement (IPS) becomes crucial.The plan sponsor is always a fiduciarywith respect to the plan and needsto be familiar with the basic fiduciaryresponsibilities. The U.S. Department ofLabor (DOL) website sets out the followingresponsibilities:• acting solely in the interest of the participantsand their beneficiaries;• acting for the exclusive purpose ofproviding benefits to workers participatingin the plan and their beneficiaries,and defraying reasonableexpenses of the plan;• carrying out duties with the care, skill,competence, and diligence of a prudentperson familiar with such matters;• following the plan documents; and• diversifying plan investments.Fiduciary duty is the highest level ofresponsibility that the law recognizes inrelation to the oversight of a retirementplan. Many times those who act as fiduciariesto a retirement plan do not fullyappreciate the gravity of their responsibilities,or the fact that they may bepersonally liable if they fail to fulfill theirfiduciary obligations. It is important toidentify your fiduciaries and ensure thatthey are familiar with their duties. This isthe city’s plan, and the city has to be theone to make prudent decisions on behalfof employees. It is also important to haveregular meetings and document that prudentprocesses were used when makingplan decisions. Future columns willexpand upon the fiduciary responsibilitiesthat apply to §457(b) plan sponsors.If you have a question for fiduciaryexpert Marilyn Collister, send e-mail tofiduciary@usmayors.org, or contact JeannieFanning with the Conference of Mayorsat 202-302-6944.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 45


Chicago Recognized for Best Practice on PurchasingBy Jeannie FanningThe U.S. Conference of Mayors,through its sponsored cooperative U.S.Communities, recently recognized Chicagowith the U.S. Communities CustomerAppreciation Award. The awardrecognizes the work of CommissionerJamie Rhee and her department in purchasingbest practice.City staff continueto prove their dedication to the principlesof effective and efficient governmentalpurchasing through the use of cooperativepurchasing and ongoing utilization ofseveral of the U.S. Communities contractofferings. Chicago has been identified asa key champion for innovative procurementpractices through the savings realizedwhen utilizing the U.S. Communitiescontracts, thereby stretching public taxdollars. “Under the leadership of MayorRahm Emanuel, our open bid processensures fairness, competition and the bestvalue for the residents of Chicago,” saidChief Procurement Officer Jamie Rhee.“Partnering with organizations like U.S.Communities gives us additional leverageto achieve substantial procurement gainsand save taxpayers money.”The National Association of Countieshas conducted research concluding anaverage combined soft and hard costsavings of ten percent by utilizing cooperativecontracts such as U.S. Communities.With the city’s purchasing history,this would mean an estimated $390,000of taxpayer dollars have been savedthrough the utilization of U.S. Communities.In these economic times, savingsof this magnitude truly need to be highlightedand recognized.When the cityhosted the NATO Summit, U.S. Communities’Safeware contract was used to supplypolice shields for officers, enablingan expedited outfitting for public safetyofficials. Hertz rental equipment was alsoaccessed during NATO to quickly andcompliantly rent vans to transport delegatesof the conference at a deep discount.Rheeand her department are alsodedicated to making the contracting processtransparent and accessible for localbusinesses of all sizes. “We are committedto creating an unprecedented level ofhonesty and accountability to the public,”said Rhee, “Integrity and public trust areour guiding principles at the Departmentof Procurement Services.” In 2012 alone,the city wrote guidebooks, “Guide to ProcurementFundamentals” and “Your Businessis Certified: Now What?” designedto assist businesses and citizens in understandingand participating in the procurementprocess. In addition, under Rhee’stutelage, the city prepares an annualbuying plan with a six-quarter forecast,providing a timeline of RFPs for interestedbidders while providing a roadmapfor streamlined internal process.Of the55,000 public entities who work with U.S.Communities, only 55 purchasing officialshave been presented with this award. TheConference of Mayors is very excited thatChicago has joined this select group ofindividuals.U.S. Communities is a governmentpurchasing cooperative that reducesthe cost of goods and services for participatingpublic agencies by aggregatingtheir purchasing power nationwide. It isthe only cooperative purchasing programco-founded and sponsored by UnitedStates Conference of Mayors, NationalLeague of Cities, National Association ofCounties, Association of School BusinessOfficials International and The NationalInstitute of Governmental Purchasing. Thecooperative is non-exclusive, allowingcities to exercise due diligence in selectingthe best individual contracts for theirneeds.To learn more about how to implementthese best practices in your city,contact Jeannie Fanning with the Conferenceof Mayors at 240-393-9672 or sende-mail to jfanning@usmayors.org.Left to right, U.S. Communities National Program Manager Chris Mellis,USCM staff member Jeannie Fanning, Chicago Chief Procurement OfficerJamie Rhee, Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Chief Operating Officer JoeDeal, and U.S. Communities Program Jennifer Sulentic.Page 46 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013


Mayors’ Workforce Directors Focus Efforts onYouth EmploymentBy Megan CardiffThe U.S. Conference of MayorsWorkforce Development Council (WDC)assembled in Las Vegas at the 81st AnnualConference of Mayors meeting June21-22 to examine one of the most pressingissues facing cities — job creationand retention. Led by WDC Presidentand CEO of the Workfroce DevelopmentCouncil of Seattle-King County MarlénaSessions, the Council specifically focusedon developing and implementing successfulSummer Jobs and year-round programsfor youth employment, STEM (science,technology, engineering and math)employer needs, and economic developmentprograms.In recent months, Congress has directedits efforts on reauthorizing the WorkforceInvestment Act of 1998 with theHouse passing the Supporting Knowledgeand Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act(H.R. 803) in March and the introductionof the Workforce Investment Act of 2013by Senators Patty Murray (WA) and JohnnyIsakson (GA) to overhaul federal jobtrainingprograms. Workforce programsensure that the nation’s workers obtainthe necessary skills to get and retain a joband employers have access to a highlyskilledand qualified workforce. Mayorsand local workforce development professionalssee first-hand the impact of fundingcuts to federal workforce legislation.At the 2013 Annual Meeting, WDCmembers discussed the importance ofCongress passing bipartisan legislationthat will improve and support the nation’sworkforce system. The members heardfrom keynote speaker San FranciscoMayor Edwin M. Lee who talked specificallyof creating pathways to employmentfor low-income and disconnected youthLeft to right, WDC 2nd Vice President and Workforce Solutions GreaterDallas President Laurie Bouillion Larrea, WDC Vice President and SouthFlorida Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Rick Beasley, andWDC President and Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King CountyCEO Marlena Sessions.— a challenge President Obama issuedto mayors, businesses, non-profits andlocal government last year. Lee’s responseto the President’s call to action is SanFrancisco Summer Jobs+ initiative, whichhas challenged local employers to create6,000 jobs and paid internships foryouth 14 to 24 for the 2013 summer. “Itis necessary for us to create meaningfulemployment opportunities for our youthso we can set them up for success nowand in the future,” Lee affirmed.San Francisco Summer Jobs+ — aneffort led in partnership between SanFrancisco, United Way of Bay Area,Department of Children Youth and theirFamilies, Office of Economic and WorkforceDevelopment, and the San FranciscoUnified School District — saw immensesuccess in 2012 with the placement ofmore than 5,200 young adults in jobsand paid internships, more than 1,700 ofwhich were private-sector and 39 percentof which resulted in permanent hires. Leeis optimistic they will achieve this year’sgoal of 6,000 hires with 2,000 hirescurrently in jobs, commitments from atnumerous businesses, and Bank of Americaand PG&E each committing $100,000for financial support of the program.Vegas PBS Director of WorkforceTraining and Economic DevelopmentDebra Solt presented the local PBSbasedworkforce training initiative VirtualVegas, which offers virtual classrooms inmore than 4,000 training topics and 300certification programs designed to helpaddress the skills gap in Las Vegas. Theprogram is a virtual classroom that allowsindividuals to work from their computers,take exploratory classes, search differentcareers and what skills they need toobtain an online degree.Programs that successfully reintegrateex-offenders into the workforce are vitalto local communities and cities acrossthe nation. Founder and CEO of Hopefor Prisoners Jon Ponder presented theaccomplishments of his organization aswell as the hurdles he has faced in developingan offender re-entry program. The18-month program provides ex-offenderswith mentors who offer support andresources needed to build a career and abetter life. Ponder recruits employers withthe promise of tax incentives and accountability.“The majority of people really dowant to change but have no idea how todo it,” Ponder stated. Hope for Prisoners,in partnership with businesses, gives theseindividuals the opportunity, mental supportand determination to successfully make thetransition from prison to the workforce.The WDC was honored to hear twoPeer-to-Peer Best Practices from fellowmembers Lisa Morris Hibbler, DeputyDirector of Parks, Recreation and NeighborhoodServices for Las Vegas andPresident and CEO of Detroit EmploymentSolutions Corporation Pamela Moore.Lisa discussed the work Las Vegas, inpartnership with Las Vegas WorkforceConnections, is doing to align trainingand education to STEM employer needs.The organizations are developing ways toincrease STEM engagement and accessto programs that develop the necessaryskills for STEM-related careers.Pamela Moore talked about the DetroitWorkforce Development Department’ssuccessful transition away from the city toa new non-profit organization called theDetroit Employment Solutions Corporation.Through this transition, the organizationgreatly improved performance andoutcomes required for federal and statefunding, as well as, provided Detroit residentswith more efficient services.Garcetti Sworn in as 42ndMayor of Los AngelesEric Garcetti took the oath of office tobecome the new Mayor of Los Angelesduring a Sunday afternoon ceremony onJune 30.The event was attended by a delegationfrom The U.S. Conference of Mayorsthat included Conference of MayorsPresident Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Conferenceof Mayors Vice President SacramentoMayor Kevin Johnson, and Conferenceof Mayors CEO and ExecutiveDirector Tom Cochran.During his remarks, Garcetti said, “Mygreat-grandparents never would havedreamed that I’d be standing here today— soon to be the 42nd mayor of thegreat city of Los Angeles. What’s remarkableabout my family’s story is that it’syours, too.”Priorities identified during the inauguraladdress included marketing LosAngeles “as the gateway to the PacificRim, and the gateway to new ideas andinnovations,” cutting regulations to helpsmall businesses, reducing business taxes,supporting the movie and TV industries,further reducing crime, helping returningveterans, and promoting economic developmentand neighborhood services.Kenia Castillo, left, an eighth-grader at Luther Burbank Magnet MiddleSchool, administers the oath of office to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.July 15, 2013usmayors.org U.S. MAYOR Page 47


Thank You MayorCarolyn G.GoodmanU.S.MAYOR1620 I Street NW, Fourth FloorWashington, DC 20006.... And Las Vegas for hosting the81st Annual Conference of MayorsPage 48 U.S. MAYOR usmayors.orgJuly 15, 2013

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