Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 29, 1999

Jubi Headley
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
(202) 861-6766

Mayors and Business Leaders Converge on Denver:

Topics 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 (USCM), hosted more than 45 mayors and 30 business leaders for the USCM Mayors and Business Leadership Summit. The Summit was held in Denver Thursday, September 23. The Mayors also held their annual Summer Leadership Meeting in Denver on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25, 1999.

As part of the Summit, USCM unveiled the results of two nationwide 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.
African Americans hold the top elected posts at the three largest national organizations representing local government. Denver Mayor Wellington Webb (third from right) serves as President of the U. S. Conference of Mayors. Standing to Mayor Webb’s left are U. S. Conference of Mayors Executive Director J. Thomas Cochran; Prince Georges County, MD Commissioner Wayne Curry; and Howard County (MD) Commissioner C. Vernon Gray, who serves as President of the National Association of Counties. To Mayor Webb’s right are South Bay (FL) Mayor Clarence Anthony, who serves as President of the National League of Cities, and Larry Naake, Executive Director of the National Association of Counties.

Further information on the Mayors and Business Leaders Summit, and the Mayors’ Summer Leadership Meeting, is available on the Conference of Mayors Website,