Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 22, 1999


Jubi Headley
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
(202) 861-6707
Andrew Hudson
Spokesman for Mayor Wellington E. Webb
Office: (303) 640-2722
Pager: (303) 640-0780

Mayors and Business Leaders Converge on Denver

Topics to include emerging technology, investing in poor communities

USCM Nationwide Surveys to Unveil New Information on Shortages of Qualified Workers, Challenges of Regional Growth, Untapped Markets

DENVER - Mayor Wellington E. Webb, who also serves as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will host more than 45 mayors and 30 business leaders for the USCM Mayors and Business Leadership Summit. The Summit will be held in Denver this Thursday, September 23. The Mayors will also hold the 1999 Summer leadership Meeting on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25, 1999. A schedule of all sessions, including open press events, is attached to this press release.

As part of the Summit, the USCM will be unveiling the results of two nation-wide surveys:

  • The Survey on Untapped Markets, Regional Challenges and Cooperation is a major examination in 174 cities of 1) the existence of untapped retail, land and labor markets in their communities; 2) the challenges currently facing cities and regions; 3) metropolitan growth issues; and 4) opportunities for regional cooperation.

  • The Survey on Shortages of Qualified Workers examines 1) the extent to which shortages of qualified workers are affecting cities, 2) the sectors of city economies which are being affected, 3) the cities’ responses to the problem, 4) the extent to which state and federal governments are contributing to solutions, and 5) what is being done to help low income people B welfare recipients, in particular B enter and succeed in the workforce. Responses were received from 110 cities.