2012-06-22 / Government / Neighborhood

Benjamin elected U.S. Conference of Mayors trustee

Contributed by the City of Columbia

Mayors from across the country gathering at the 80th Annual Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Friday, June 15 called on Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin to serve in a major leadership role by electing him to serve as a trustee.

“Being chosen to help lead an organization that has distinguished itself as a driving force for innovation and leadership is truly humbling,” said Mayor Benjamin who last year was elected to serve on the conference’s Advisory Board. “It is a great honor and a great opportunity for the City of Columbia to share new ideas, build new initiatives, and position ourselves as the most talented, educated, and entrepreneurial city in America.”

Founded in 1932, the U. S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,210 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented at the conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

“We are pleased to welcome Mayor Benjamin as a USCM trustee,” said USCM CEO and executive director Tom Cochran. “Mayor Benjamin brings a wealth of experience to the conference, and the organization will benefit greatly from his leadership."

Mayor Benjamin and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, also elected Friday, join 11 other mayors on the 13- member board who serve as leaders in the organization.

Other members include Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Elizabeth, N.J.; Mayor James Brainard, Carmel, Ind.; Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus, Ohio; Mayor Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie, Des Moines, Iowa; Mayor Bob Foster, Long Beach, Calif.; Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence, Southfield, Mich,; Mayor John R. Marks III, Tallahassee, Fla.; Mayor Arlene J. Mulder, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings- Blake, Baltimore, Md.; Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Fresno, Calif.

For more information about the United States Conference of Mayors, visit www.usmayors.org.

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