June 28, 2019 - Mayor Tom Henry will be a featured speaker at the 87th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The event is being held today-July 1 in Honolulu.

Mayor Henry will lead a mayoral best practice presentation to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Workforce Development Council on Saturday. Mayor Henry will discuss how Fort Wayne UNITED is making a positive difference and provide attendees with information on how their respective cities can implement similar programming to enhance safety and quality of life through open communication and sustainable action plans.

Fort Wayne UNITED is a Mayoral initiative started by Mayor Henry in 2016. Under the direction of Iric Headley and a steering committee of local volunteers, it places two national efforts, Cities United and My Brother’s Keeper, into one program to provide positive opportunities and hope for black men and boys and make a meaningful difference with an emphasis on listening, input, letting voices be heard, and engagement.

The Annual Meeting is focused on three overarching themes of infrastructure, innovation, and inclusion.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

Primary roles of the organization:
*Promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy
*Strengthen federal-city relationships
*Ensure that federal policy meets urban needs
*Provide mayors with leadership and management tools
*Create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information

Yesterday, Mayor Henry participated in the Climate Mayors Summit. Leaders exchanged ideas on climate adaptation, transition to a zero-carbon economy, and emerging partnerships between philanthropic leaders and cities.