Recap: U.S. Conference of Mayors

Back Bay Welcomed Hundreds of Mayors from Across the U.S. for a Four-Day Annual Meeting

June 8-11, Boston proudly hosted the United States Conference of Mayors’ 86th Annual Meeting.  The four day meeting brought together more than 250 mayors from across the country to discuss the issues facing American cities.

The mayors were hosted at the Marriott Copley Place and were treated to a host of events that highlighted the best parts of the City, including a private dining experience at the Boston Public Library and a fun family event at Fenway Park, with remarks by Mayor Marty Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, and Suffolk Construction President John Fish.  Saturday, Mayor Walsh marched in the Boston Pride Parade, accompanied by 100 other mayors from across the country.  On Sunday evening, the Pointer Sisters greeted an excited crowd of mayors, their spouses and guests, and the general public in Copley Square for a free concert.

Back Bay businesses were heavily involved in the Conference, celebrating the opportunity to highlight Back Bay to some of the nation’s top political leaders.  Copley Place hosted a pop-up shop inside the “Neighborhood Store,” focused on Boston-themed goods, allowing visiting mayors and their entourages to bring home a piece of Boston.  Back Bay businesses also helped to bring the event to Boston, with Suffolk Construction, the Boston Red Sox, National Grid, Natixis, Weiner Ventures, New Balance, Liberty Mutual, Boston Properties, Eversource, the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Goulston & Storrs, John Hancock, Related Beal, and Santander serving as event sponsors.

The Back Bay Association was a proud Bronze Sponsor for the event.

Youth involvement and its impact in politics took center stage at this year’s conference.  Other issues discussed included infrastructure; jobs, skills training, and connectedness; school safety; marijuana policy; and much more.

Sustainability was also a central focus of conversation at this year’s gathering and a one-day Climate Summit, which welcomed mayors from all over the world, immediately preceded the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Annual Meeting.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.  The primary goals of the Conference are to promote the development of effective policy; strengthen federal – city relationships; ensure that federal policy meets the needs of America’s cities; provide mayor with leadership and management tools to be more effective leaders; and to create a forum where U.S. mayors can share ideas, information, and best practices.