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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 will award over $2 million in grants to its members in 2015.

To check your membership status, please contact Debra DeHaney-Howard (202) 861-6702 OR Katie Pirolt (202) 861-6714

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:  One Large City (over 100,000 population) and One Small City (under 100,000 population)
  • Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting June 2015 in San Francisco.
USCM Contact: Jocelyn Bogen (202) 861-6727 jbogen@usmayors.org

CommunityWINS Grant Program

The Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization Grant Program will award $3 million over three years, to support local nonprofits in promoting long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for their community. Mayors may nominate up to three initiatives or programs through an eligible nonprofit of your choice.
  • Sponsor:  Wells Fargo
  • Award Categories: Two Large City ($300,000 First Place, $75,000 Outstanding Achievement), Two Medium City ($150,000 First Place, $50,000 Outstanding Achievement), and Two Small City ($150,000 First Place, $50,000 Outstanding Achievement).
  • Application Deadline: March 16, 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting June 2015 in San Francisco.
USCM Contact: Gene Lowe (202) 861-6710 glowe@usmayors.org or 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, expand renewable energy and/or reduce carbon emissions.
  • Sponsor:   Wal-Mart
  • Award Categories: $25,000 for One Large City (over 100,000 population) and $15,000 for One Small City (under 100,000 population)
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting June 2015 in San Francisco.
USCM Contact: Kevin McCarty (202) 861-6728 or kmccarty@usmayors.org

Childhood Obesity Prevention Grants

More than $400,000 in grants will be awarded to cities that will support and expand childhood obesity prevention programs.
  • Sponsor: American Beverage Association
  • Award Categories:Two Large City ($150,000 First Place, $25,000 Second Place), Two Medium City ($120,000 First Place, $25,000 Second Place), and Two Small City ($100,000 First Place, $25,000 Second Place)
  • Application Period: Summer 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 84th Winter Meeting January 2016 in Washington, DC.
USCM Contact: Crystal Swann (202) 861-6707 or cswann@usmayors.org

Summer Youth Jobs Challenge

The second annual National Summer Youth Jobs Challenge urges mayors to create innovative partnerships with their local business and non-profit communities to ensure that the nation’s youth have a meaningful summer job experience.
  • Sponsor: The U.S. Conference of Mayors, The U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council (WDC), and the National DollarWise Campaign-Mayors for Financial Literacy
  • Application Period: Spring 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting June 2015 in San Francisco.
USCM Contact: James Kirby (202) 861-6759 or jkirby@usmayors.org

National Education Pathways with a Purpose

This partnership will highlight mayors that have expanded creative initiatives to advance both college and career readiness and college completion. Cities will be recognized for developing strong and enduring collaborations between K-12 and higher education systems and employers to address college preparation and long-term career success.
  • Sponsor:  USA Funds
  • Award Categories: $50,000 will be awarded among cities in small, medium, and large categories.
  • Application Period: March 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting June 2015 in San Francisco.
USCM Contact: Kathy Wiggins (202) 861-6723 or kwiggins@usmayors.org

Community Gardens and Green Spaces Awards

Provides a multi-year grant to promote and recognize mayoral leadership in the development of "greenscapes" across the nation.
  • Sponsor: Scotts Miracle-Gro
  • Award Categories: Five (three year grants) totaling $40,000 in cash and in-kind product.
  • Application Period: Fall 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 84th Winter Meeting January 2016 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 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 84th Winter Meeting January 2016 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: Two $15,000 Awards (no population categories)
  • Application Period: Fall 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 84th Winter Meeting January 2016 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 2015
  • Winners will be presented at the 84th Winter Meeting January 2016 in Washington, DC
USCM Contact: James Kirby (202) 861-6759 or jkirby@usmayors.org