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About The U.S. Conference of Mayors | Membership Information

Membership Benefits

Overview

  • Legislative Advocacy: Representation of municipal interest before Congress and the White House.
  • Best Practices Clearinghouse: Online database of nearly 2,000 best practices from local governments across the nation.
  • Conferences: Reduced registration fee for Annual and Winter meetings.
  • Live Webcasts: USCM Member mayors have the opportunity to engage with and have their questions answered by Tom Cochran, conference staff, and officials from Federal department, focusing on various topics such as the COPS program and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). These webcasts are archived and available anytime after the webcast is over.
  • Photo Archive: The U.S. Conference of Mayors uses the popular online photo sharing web site Flickr to share its professional photos to allow ease of access for mayors. Photos of mayors and other officials, including Congressional and White House Cabinet members at USCM events and programs are available for viewing and download for public relation use to member mayors. Check it out at flickr.com/usmayors.
  • Opportunities to Serve on USCM Committees and Task Forces to Shape National Policy: The work of the Conference is guided by several Standing Committees.Every full member mayor has the opportunity to participate directly in the debate and selection of the Conference of Mayors' policy.
  • Metro Economies Economic Tracking: The U.S. Conference of Mayors Metro Economics Center publishes annually a series of economic reports on the nation's 362 metro areas. These reports calculate and forecast each metro area's gross metropolitan product (GMP), labor income, and job generation that can be used in economic development strategies. The Center also produces special metro economy reports on such topical issues as transportation reform and green jobs.  The reports are prepared by IHS Global Insight and results are a benefit of USCM membership.
  • Legislative Action Alerts: Members receive correspondence through rapid response email system, notifying and requesting Mayors to engage directly with Congressional delegation on important legislative issues.
  • Networking Opportunities with Other Mayors and Business Leaders
  • Local, National, and International Media Publicity: Broad exposure via USCM press outreach through releases, statements and coordinated interviews with print, television, internet, and radio outlets.
  • U.S. MAYOR Newspaper: The official bi-monthly publication of the Conference of Mayors. It provides a vehicle for reporting on the issues that affect our cities, and a forum for mayors to speak out on current issues and get information as help in their role as the chief elected official of the city.U.S. Mayor covers national trends, federal legislation and regulations, and any city priorities of interest to mayors in their role as urban leaders. One-year subscription included in membership.

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Grants and Award Programs

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has a number of grants and award programs that are open to all member cities. The Conference of Mayors will award over $1,085,000 in grants to its members in 2014.

City Livability Award

Established in 1979, the City Livability Awards honors mayors and their governments for developing programs that enhance the quality of life in urban areas.
  • Sponsor:  Waste Management
  • Award Categories:  First place, 5 Outstanding Achievements & 4 Honorable Mentions, each in Large City & Small City Category
  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2014
  • Winners will be presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting June 2014 in Dallas.
USCM Contact: Jocelyn Bogen (202) 861-6727 jbogen@usmayors.org

 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards

This award program recognizes and honors mayors for their outstanding and innovative practices that increase energy efficiency in their cities and help prevent global warming.
  • Sponsor:   Wal-Mart
  • Award Categories: One Large City ($25,000) and One Small City ($15,000)
  • Application Deadline: April 23, 2014
  • Winners will be presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting June 2014 in Dallas.
USCM Contact: Kevin McCarty (202) 861-6728 or kmccarty@usmayors.org

Lead Safe for Kids Sake

Promotes the development of new programs to further the goal of making cities lead safe. For the last 13 years DuPont has been a Platinum Partner with The United States Conference of Mayors. With over $5.5 million granted to cities, this award program has been called, by national experts, a model on how public-private partnerships should work together to meet public health challenges.
  • Sponsor: DuPont
  • Award Categories: 3 awards totaling $275,000
  • Application Deadline: May 4, 2014
  • Winners will be presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting June 2014 in Dallas.
USCM Contact: scienceintheschoolday@verizon.net

Get Your Business Online City Challenge

Ninety-seven percent of Americans who use the Internet—pretty much all of us—look online for local goods and services. Yet, more than half of all U.S. small businesses do not have a website. Many of those businesses are completely invisible in the one place people are looking for them — on the web. That’s over 15 million businesses that can’t be found online. Google and The United States Conference of Mayors have come together to launch the Get Your Business Online City Challenge. The Challenge gives you the tools and resources to champion the cause of getting small businesses in your community online and growing.
  • Sponsor: Google
  • Award Categories: Technology prize valued at $50,000 featuring Google products in three categories (Small, Medium, and Large City).
  • Application Period: Program sign-ups close April 30. Final check in submissions due June 1.
  • Winners announced at the 82nd Annual Meeting, June 2014 in Dallas.
USCM Contact: David W. Burns (202) 861-6765 and dburns@usmayors.org.

Excellence in Public/Private Partnership Award

The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding public/private partnerships to inspire other cities and companies to work together in improving the quality of life in American cities.
  • Sponsor: The United States Conference of Mayors
  • Award Categories: Excellence & Outstanding Achievement
  • Application Period: Summer 2014
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Winter Meeting January 2015 in Washington, DC.
USCM Contact: Judy Reid (202) 861-6736, jreid@usmayors.org

Prescription Drug Prevention Recognition Program

The purpose of this program is to recognize and support outstanding local programs to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs.
  • Sponsor: Purdue Pharma
  • Award Categories: 1st and 2nd place in the Large City & Small City Categories (1st place $10,000 & 2nd place $5,000)
  • Application Period: Summer 2014
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Winter Meeting January 2015 in Washington, DC.
USCM Contact: Crystal Swann (202) 861-6707 or cswann@usmayors.org

GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards

Promotes and recognizes mayoral leadership in the development of "greenscapes" across the nation.
  • Sponsor: ScottsMiracle-Gro
  • Award Categories: Five awards total, $25,000 to each ($15,000 cash & $10,000 in-kind product)
  • Application Period: Fall 2014
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Winter Meeting January 2015 in Washington, DC.
USCM Contact: Crystal Swann (202) 861-6707 or cswann@usmayors.org

Leadership in the Arts Awards

This award program honors elected officials and artists that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts.
  • Sponsor: Americans for the Arts & The United States Conference of Mayors
  • Award Categories:  One Large City Mayor & One Small City Mayor
  • Application Period: Fall 2014
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Winter Meeting January 2015 in Washington, DC.
USCM Contact: Jocelyn Bogen (202) 861-6727 jbogen@usmayors.org 

DollarWise Innovation Grants

Through these grants, DollarWise seeks to recognize and fund local financial education efforts that are both innovative and adaptable by other communities.
  • Sponsor: Bank of America
  • Award Categories: Three $15,000 Awards (no population categories)
  • Application Period: Fall 2014
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Winter Meeting January 2015 in Washington, DC.
USCM Contact: James Kirby (202) 861-6759 or jkirby@usmayors.org

DollarWise Summer Youth Campaign Grants

Each year through the Summer Youth Campaign, DollarWise encourages mayors to incorporate a financial education component into their cities’ summer youth employment programs. Cities may use these grants to provide incentives for youth to develop good financial habits, to establish evaluation techniques for the financial education component of their SYEPs, or other innovative ideas.
  • Sponsor: Bank of America
  • Award Categories:  Five $4,000 Awards (no population categories)
  • Application Period: Fall 2014
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Winter Meeting January 2015 in Washington, DC
USCM Contact: James Kirby (202) 861-6759 or jkirby@usmayors.org