Press Release

Bush Telephones Conference of Mayors President; Sends Message That 'Mayors Get the Job Done'

January 26, 2001

Washington, DC -- January 25-Just four days after taking the oath of office, President George W. Bush telephoned H. Brent Coles, Mayor of Boise and President of The United States Conference of Mayors, extending his greetings to America's Mayors and affirming his desire to work with The Conference as his Administration develops domestic policy.

"His message was that he knows that Mayors get the job done in America," Mayor Coles said. "The conversation was very positive and is a good sign that the President believes in Mayors, our abilities, and our track record."

During his conversation with Mayor Coles, President Bush reiterated his commitment to issues he raised with the Mayors during The Conference's Annual Meeting in Seattle last June. At that meeting Bush unveiled his "Urban Agenda for the 21st Century." Both Bush's agenda and comments reflected many of the Mayors' key priorities, which are detailed in "Priorities for the New American City," an action plan calling on the Administration and Congress to work with Mayors on ten priority issues including rail investment, drug control and brownfields redevelopment. (The full document, which Mayor Coles released last week during the Winter Meeting of the Conference of Mayors, is available on the Web at

"This level of outreach so early on in President Bush's Administration is a clear signal that he appreciates the work we are doing and wants to develop a close working relationship with us in the months and years to come," Coles said.

During the recent Winter Meeting of the Conference of Mayors the top leadership of The Conference of Mayors directed Tom Cochran, The Conference's Executive Director, to work on scheduling major meetings for the Mayors with President Bush and members of his Cabinet as soon as possible. "We're very encouraged by the President's call to Mayor Coles," said Cochran. "By reaching out in this way the Bush Administration has indicated that there will be an 'open door' policy for Mayors with the White House."

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

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