Mayor Yvonne Flowers attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. last week, getting updates on key topics ranging from affordable housing and homelessness to grant writing and gun violence prevention programs.
Mayor Flowers also had the chance to meet her fellow colleagues from throughout the state and nation who, on the final day of the conference, attended a meeting with President Joe Biden.
“I had the opportunity to meet mayors across the country and discuss ideas and similar challenges, and how we can unite to amplify our voices in Washington, as we advocate for improved supports and resources from our federal government,” said Mayor Flowers. “What intrigued me even more is that mayors from across the country were eager to give advice, share ideas and share contact information in case you needed assistance, and they didn't care about your political party affiliations. It was all about supporting each other.”
Mayor Flowers also had the opportunity to converse with three women who, like herself, were elected as the first African American mayors of their respective cities. In the photo from left are: Mayor Vivian C. McKenzie of Peekskill; Mayor Flowers; Mayor Sharetta Smith of Lima, Ohio; and Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger of Manassas, Va.
“They all are doing amazing work in their cities, and it was an honor to spend time with them and listen to their journeys, experiences, challenges and ideas,” Mayor Flowers said.
The opioid crisis, police retention and recruitment, transportation challenges and environmental strategies also were on the list of topics explored at the conference.
“It was a great experience, and I am looking forward to using the valuable information I received at this conference to help enhance the services and make continuous improvements in our city,” Mayor Flowers said.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors -- a non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more -- was born out of the Great Depression when in 1932, Detroit Mayor Frank Murphy invited the nation’s mayors to his city to confront common problems caused by that difficult time in our history. You can learn more about the organization at www.usmayors.org.