When Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez returned in early July from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting in Honolulu, he came back with a travel case full of best practices that can he would like to see implemented in Doral for the betterment of residents here.
At the annual meeting, under the leadership of USCM President Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and host Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, more than 250 of the nation’s mayors discussed a variety of priorities that contribute to the overall health of America’s cities. They also considered and adopted multiple policy resolutions that guide the advocacy agenda of this 87 year-old organization.
“As one of the best places to live in the country (as voted on by Money Magazine) and an All-America City finalist, I was proud to represent Doral and highlight the great work we’re doing,” said Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. “This conference is an invaluable opportunity to connect with national leaders, and to learn new ideas that will enrich our communities – and the lives of our residents.”
With more than 85 percent of Americans living in U.S. metropolitan areas, mayors are on the front lines of today’s challenges and have consistently called on Washington to draw on mayoral expertise.
During the Meeting, mayors from both sides of the aisle, from cities rural, urban and suburban, held sessions on a range of issues, including immigration, trade, affordable housing, the 2020 Census, jobs and climate. Many of these issues directly affect the Doral community and are matters for which city leadership continues to work towards in finding innovative solutions.
“The Conference of Mayors is a critically important way for cities across the country to stay connected with one another. It’s a unique opportunity for mayors – whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent – to roll up their sleeves, brainstorm about how to solve similar problems, and share best practices,” said USCM President and South Carolina’s Mayor of the City of Columbia Steve Benjamin.
“As the gridlock and partisanship in Washington continues to escalate, mayors remain on the front lines working productively every day for the well-being of the people who live and work in their cities. There’s no better time for the nation’s mayors to come together to work on their shared priorities and build a brighter – more inclusive – future for all Americans,” he continued.
For information about the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and a list of mayors, visit: https://www.usmayors.org/.