Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will become the 76th president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) on at 6 p.m. Monday, May 7. As part of the ceremony, Mayor Benjamin will deliver a keynote speech announcing his key priorities for the year ahead, which will focus on three central themes—Infrastructure, Innovation and Inclusion.
Typically, the Conference’s President is inaugurated at USCM’s Annual Meeting. However, since the mayoral term of current USCM President, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, ends on May 7, a special inauguration has been scheduled for Mayor Benjamin, who has served as Vice President of USCM this year. Mayor Benjamin will now serve the balance of Mayor Landrieu’s presidential term, which would have ended in June 2018, in addition to a full one-year term as President of the organization until June 2019. As President, Mayor Benjamin will preside over all official meetings and develop and advocate for the bipartisan agenda adopted by the nation’s mayors.
The Inauguration of 76th President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors & Keynote Speech will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018 at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.