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Mayors set to meet with Obama: 2010 Census on the agenda…

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Today, during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which this year was held in Providence, Rhode Island, President Obama offered the many mayors in attendance a chance to visit him at the White House in the near future. In addition to the economic recovery measures that will be discussed at this future meeting, the 2010 Census will also be a high priority agenda item. Check out the report from the AP:

Nickels, mayors accept White House invitation, but not this month

Officials from the U.S. Conference of Mayors said today they plan to accept a White House invitation to meet on economic issues facing their cities. But the conference’s newly sworn-in president, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, says the mayors won’t be able to make the administration’s proposed date of June 29.

By KELSEY ABBRUZZESE

The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Officials from the U.S. Conference of Mayors said today they plan to accept a White House invitation to meet on economic issues facing their cities.

But the conference’s newly sworn-in president, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, says the mayors won’t be able to make the administration’s proposed date of June 29 because they want to develop a substantive agenda that reflected the conference’s national meeting in Providence. He wouldn’t say when they might be able to go.

Among the topics on the agenda were federal stimulus aid, gun control and the 2010 Census.

“It’ll take a little longer than two weeks to put together. This took six months to put together,” Nickels said, referring to the group’s four-day gathering in Providence.

Vice President Joseph Biden and other officials skipped this year’s U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting to avoid crossing a Providence firefighter picket line, although the White House has said the Obama administration isn’t taking a position on the labor dispute.

“We will continue to listen to and work with mayors, as we have since the beginning of this administration, and look forward to working with Mayor Nickels to identify a date that works for him and his colleagues,” White House spokeswoman Moira Mack said in a written statement today.

Seeking journalist to cover event in Providence, R.I.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

If any of our readers know a journalist/photographer in or near Providence, Rhode Island who can cover the 2010 Census-related portion of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, it would be greatly appreciated if you could have that person contact us. We will reimburse the attending journalist for food/travel costs. See the press release below for details of the event that we would like covered:

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, SR. WHITE HOUSE ADVISOR JARRETT ATTENDING MAYORS’ ANNUAL GATHERING JUNE 12 – 15 ~ PROVIDENCE, RI

WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Vice President Joe Biden, Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Attorney General Eric Holder, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Office of National Drug Control Director Gil Kerlikowske, Alaska Senator Mark Begich, Congressional Urban Caucus Chair Chaka Fattah (PA), Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, and Mexico Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan are confirmed for the 77th Annual Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors in Providence (RI) from Friday, June 12th to Monday, June 15th.

The Conference of Mayors has been working with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to establish an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Resource Center where mayors and city staff can meet with federal staff managing the various ARRA programs to seek guidance on federal stimulus funding implementation.

Led by Conference President and Miami (FL) Mayor Manny Diaz and hosted by Providence Mayor David Cicilline, this event is the largest annual gathering of U.S. mayors. In addition to Recovery Act implementation, the meeting will also highlight illegal guns and gun violence, energy independence, education and the 2010 Census. At the culmination of the meeting, mayors will debate and vote on national policy recommendations to forward to Congress and the new Administration.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his cabinet have been invited. An advance DRAFT agenda is also posted at www.usmayors.org. All CREDENTIALED press wishing to attend should pre-register VIA THE USCM WEBSITE to gain access to the meeting.

WHAT: Hundreds of U.S. Mayors to Attend USCM 77th Annual Meeting

WHEN: Friday, June 12th – Monday, June 15th

WHERE: The Rhode Island Convention Center

One Sabin Street

Providence, RI 02903

401-458-6000