January 26-28, 2000 Capital Hilton Hotel
Washington, DC

F R I D A Y , J A N U A R Y  2 8
Mayors Visit the White House;
Summers, Cuomo, Browner Close Meeting

More than 250 Mayors Visit the White House

Video: President Clinton tells mayors he is committed to improving commercial airline traffic.
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Read the complete text of Mayor Webb's introduction of President Clinton.

Mayor Webb introduces President Clinton at the White House.

Mayor Webb shares a word with President Clinton.

President Clinton Speaks with the Mayors.

EPA Administrator Browner Urges Balance Between Economy and the Environment

EPA Administrator
Carol Browner
Addressing the closing session of the 68th Winter Meeting, U.S. EPA Administrator Carol Browner told the nation's mayors that one of the greatest successes of the Clinton Administration is "putting behind us the debate between the economy and the environment." She emphasized, as President Clinton told the nation in his State of the Union Message, that the nation can have a strong economy and protect the environment. She said the Clinton Administration has sought to "protect every Americans' right to clean water under clear skies." Browner also spoke of her work with the mayors on brownfields redevelopment, citing data from the Conference's report on the many positive benefits from reusing these sites, including the potential for increasing local tax revenues by $1-3 billion annually.

Mayor McManus, Mayor Sills Lead Discussion on Providing and Protecting City Water Supplies

The Urban Water Council (UWC) convened at this year's Winter Meeting, providing a forum for discussions on issues impacting how cities provide and protect water and wastewater services to their residents, businesses, and institutions. Mayor Webb has included water and wastewater infrastructure as one of the top 10 issues in his "New Agenda for American Cities."

Mayor McManus expressed his understanding of the capital expenditures required of cities in order to meet new compliance standards. Charles Fox, Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration, informed Mayors at the session of the capital shortage that exists. Mr. Fox explained that combined sewer overflows is a topic that needs to be debated with Congressmen on Capital Hill in order to meet the estimated $70 billion required to deal with the issue.

Las Cruces Earns Top Arts Award

Las Cruces Mayor Ruben Smith (left) accepted the top honor for his program “Club Fusion Teen Center” during the presentation of The United States Conference of Mayors Arts Award for Programs Reaching Youth at Risk.

The other winners included 2nd place winner, Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, for The MATRIX Theater Company, 3rd place winner, District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams for the Andrew Cacho Drummers and Dancers, Inc., and "Special Recognition" award winner, Providence Mayor Vincent Cianci.

Cuomo Reports Across-the-Board Increases in New Budget

Audio: Secretary Cuomo believes that cities have been driving the nation's economy.

HUD Secretary
Andrew Cuomo
HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo told the Mayors that this will be the best HUD budget proposed in the past 12 years. The Community Development Block Grant Program will go up effectively to $250 million, and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program will be increased by $50 million. A new round of Empowerment Zones will also be proposed. The Secretary said that the Administration will stand with the cities and bring law suits to get gun manufacturers to build safety features in firearms.

Treasury Secretary: Historical Time for the Economy

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Treasury Secretary
Lawrence Summers greets Mayor Webb and Mayor Coles.
At their closing session, Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers told the nation's mayors that we are at a historic point in our nation's political and economic history. He said "for the first time in more than a quarter-century, we have an economy where jobs are looking for people as much as an economy where people are looking for jobs. According to Summers, the most important thing that can be done for urban areas, for social problems and for people, is to keep the economy strong. To achieve this goal, he said it is important to continue in the direction of national policy that has been set with fiscal discipline, investment in people and a commitment to exports.

Secretary Summers said the Administration would do more to increase access to both physical and human capital for people who invest in distressed communities. He mentioned the New Markets Tax Credits and School Construction Tax Credits as examples of the tax credits that the Administration will push to pass this year. He also said this year the Administration is proposing the largest increase for the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire Arms to fight crime and make our communities safer.

Philanthropist Calls for End of Hunger in America; Will Donate $1 Million to Cities

Alan Shawn Feinstein
Alan Shawn Feinstein, a Rhode Island philanthropist, challenged the Mayors to get their citizens to sign a petition calling on the Federal government to end hunger in America. Petitions from cities are due at the Conference of Mayors on February 29, 2000. Feinstein's foundation will donate $1 million to cities to battle hunger.

Stamp to Honor Patricia Roberts Harris

Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb announced that the U.S. Postal Service is honoring Patricia Roberts Harris with a new postal stamp. Ms. Harris is the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet, serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services and as the Secretary of HUD.