Monday, 29 April 2019 16:40

Houston hosts African American Mayor's Association Conference

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Black mayors from across the nation gathered in Houston from April 24-April 26 at the African American Mayors Association’s (AAMA) largest convening of the year.

“As a member of the Board of Trustees of AAMA, I am extraordinarily proud that the Board unanimously chose Houston, the fourth largest and most diverse city in the nation for this historic event. AAMA’s decision to host the conference in Houston will undoubtedly help AAMA mayor members broaden their impact on their communities, leading them into a more sustainable future," said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

"As Houston’s mayor, I am excited to host the conference and celebration along with the Local Host Mayor Committee, made up of the African American mayors in the greater Houston area and who are serving as co-chairs of the conference."

The annual event connects Black mayors with thought-leaders, politicians, advocacy organizations, and corporations to forge alliances, focus on unique local challenges, and exchange ideas that will foster safer and more prosperous communities for millions of Americans.

Conference highlights include the unveiling of new research about the future of work conducted by AAMA in partnership with Google.org; and meetings about urban environmental challenges; creating smart cities; maximizing the 2020 Census count in the face of unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to identify citizenship; and community policing standards. Additionally, Mayor Hardie Davis of Augusta, GA will be sworn-in as AAMA’s new president as the conference concludes on Friday, April 26th.

Notable attendees also included presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Julián Castro
Mayor Wayne Messam, Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Obama, Ja’Ron Smith, Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of American Innovation

Below is a list of some of the mayors in attendance: 
Mayor Sylvester Turner    
Houston, TX
Mayor Oliver Gilbert        
Miami Gardens, FL
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Atlanta, GA
Mayor Muriel Bowser         
Washington, DC
Mayor Hardie Davis
Augusta, GA
Mayor Steve Benjamin    
Columbia, SC
Mayor Sly James              
Kansas City, MO
Mayor Randall Woodfin 
Birmingham, AL
Mayor Vi Lyles 
Charlotte, NC
Mayor Levar Stoney          
Richmond, VA
Mayor Jack Sims              
District Heights, MD
Mayor Karen Weaver      
Flint, MI
Mayor Deanna Reed        
Harrisonburg, VA
Mayor Toni Harp             
New Haven, CT
Mayor McKinley Price      
Newport News, VA
Mayor Lovely Warren        
Rochester, NY
Mayor Melvin Carter          
St. Paul, MO   
Mayor George Flaggs          
Vicksburg, MS 

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