Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman has been chosen by her fellow mayors to serve on the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board. Mayor Goodman was appointed to the position at the 81st annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (UCSM) held in Las Vegas from June 21-24. The board functions in an advisory capacity to the executive committee on all matters of policy and program.
“It was an honor to host more than 200 mayors from across the country, and I’m proud of the way this group comes together to address issues that are impacting our cities,” Mayor Goodman said. “I look forward to working with new conference president, Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa, Ariz., to set the conference’s agenda.”
Mayor Goodman continues to serve as vice chair of the USCM Task Force on Education Reform.
More than 200 mayors from across the country met in Las Vegas for four days of meetings at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino where a broad range of issues were discussed including economic health, gun control, education, safety, veteran’s issues, health care, immigration and energy efficiency.
The mayors also brought the issue of a possible change to the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds to the public’s attention. These bonds are a key funding source for programs and infrastructure that impact citizens at the local level. The mayors also supported the Marketplace Fairness Act that would allow state and local governments to enforce existing sales and use tax laws on remote internet retailers.
The mayors also supported stronger gun control laws and background check legislation in a resolution.
The USCM is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the conference by its mayor.