Hoosier Mayors Part of National Conference

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Two Indiana mayors are slated to be featured at a major national event. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will be among the speakers at the three-day U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting that begins Wednesday in Washington D.C. January 20, 2014

News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Under the leadership of USCM President Mesa (AZ) Mayor Scott Smith and a week before the President's State of the Union Address, more than 280 of the nation's mayors will convene in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Hilton to meet with Congressional leaders and Administration officials and to urge Congress to continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to spur job creation and economic growth in America's cities and metropolitan areas, many of which are still plagued with high unemployment. The nation's mayors will hold an OPENING PRESS CONFERENCE on Wednesday, January 22 at 11:45am in the 2nd Floor Foyer outside the Presidential Ballroom of the Capital Hilton.

While in Washington, mayors will release economic data showing employment and economic growth projections for 2014 in all of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas. Mayors will also release a clean energy survey highlighting local action in over 250 cities to advance innovative technologies that reduce energy use and consumption. Other issues topping the agenda include transportation and innovation, as well as the continued threat to tax exempt municipal bonds.

Confirmed speakers include:

Wednesday, Jan 22: Commerce Secretary Pritzker, Energy Secretary Moniz (Q &A), Education Secretary Duncan (Q&A), HHS Secretary Sebelius (Q&A), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dir. Cordray (Q&A), U.S. Trade Rep. Froman (Q&A), Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Mora, Citi N.A. CEO William Mills, Philips Lighting President & CEO Bruno Biasiotta, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Columbus, OH Mayor Michael Coleman, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Bridgeport, CT Mayor Bill Finch, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown

Thursday, Jan 23: Labor Secretary Perez, HUD Secretary Donovan (Q&A), Transportation Secretary Foxx, Walmart USA CEO Bill Simon, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro

Friday, Jan 24: Homeland Security Secretary Johnson, House Transportation Chair Shuster, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Tuscaloosa, AL Mayor Walter Maddox, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Laredo, TX Mayor Raul Salinas, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin, Lima, OH Mayor David Berger

The Conference is proud to announce that Citi is the title sponsor for the Winter Meeting. Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors