LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 23, 2012) — Mayor Greg Fischer has been named chairman of the Metro Economies Standing Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The committee focuses on economic issues important to cities, including federal policies, taxes and job creation.
The action came when Fischer was attending the summer mayor’s meeting last week in Philadelphia, where sessions include discussions about sustainability, education reform and the growth of American manufacturing. Fischer also lead a Conference of Mayors session on pension reform in cities. The growth in pension costs each year has contributed to Louisville Metro’s budget shortfalls — and most American cities face similar problems.
“The topics discussed and debated at the conference will help inform our goals of making Louisville a healthier city, both in terms of the economy and green issues,” Fischer said. “The conference and its leaders will be teeming with ideas that I can bring back to Louisville.”
During the summer mayors conference, which ended Friday, the attendees were developing a bi-partisan platform for the 2012 presidential campaign. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a nonpartisan organization for cities with populations exceeding 30,000.