About The Task Force
In June of 2014, at the 82nd Annual Conference of Mayors in Dallas, USCM President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced the creation of the Cities of Opportunity Task Force. “The whole purpose of cities is to lift up residents and build a community and economy that works for everyone,” said Johnson, commissioning the Task Force in his inaugural address to the mayors. Johnson appointed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as Task Force Chair, and appointed Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Vice Chair.
The Cities of Opportunity Task Force is officially charged with giving recommendations for local best practices and federal policies that will reduce the widening wage gap and income inequality in America’s cities and metro areas. Its early participants have been a diverse and bipartisan group of mayors from around the country.
Now that the United States has emerged from the Great Recession, mayors must face, head-on, a dismal scenario in which inequality is growing in many different ways. This task force works to provide a framework for the nation to understand and act upon these challenges. Its mandate is to stand up for American households being short-changed in their quest for a better life. Mayors and cities must drive the resurgence of our great nation.