Baltimore Hosts U.S. Conference Of Mayors

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Baltimore is in the national spotlight this weekend. For the first time in eight decades, mayors from across the country are in town for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Kelly McPherson explains the impact this conference is having on the city.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake welcomed 1,200 city officials to Baltimore on Friday for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, attracting Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter, former White House chief of staff and new Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and mayors from across the country.

“My hope is that after they leave they’ll want to come back again. And we’re going to give them every reason to,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The group spent Friday night in Fells Point and Little Italy.

“The first thing I learned is that the city is pretty neat,” said Sly James, Kansas City mayor. “I can’t wait to go the Harbor.”

That enthusiasm is exactly the perk that can come from hosting a major conference like this one.

“I think they’re mostly going to be surprised by how great it is here,” said Kirby Fowler, Downtown Partnership. “Our national press is not that strong, but I think once they get here they’re going to learn a lot from us.”

The Downtown Partnership says the mayors’ conference could turn into an important marketing tool.

“Every convention has an impact on our economy, but I think more so it has an impact on our reputation.  They’re going to go back to their cities and tell people about their experiences in Baltimore,” Fowler said.

Baltimore drivers may notice some impact downtown. But one disruption that has been canceled is a protest from the Baltimore fire and police unions. Instead they’ve put up a billboard voicing concern over pension cuts.

The mayors will continue their work through Monday, including airing concerns about federal dollars drying up.

“We cannot let Washington just pass the buck to mayors and balance the budget on the backs of the local property taxpayers,” said Elizabeth B. Kautz, Burnsville mayor.

The conference is also voting on a resolution to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and will send that to Washington if it passes.

Next week there’s a conference for International Event Planners, which the Downtown Partnership says will have an even greater impact economically on Baltimore.

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  1. MomOf2Boys says:

    It’s amazing how Baltimore is hosting this conference and Police officers are used for this event AND to protect the people of Baltimore, Yet, the city government wants to adjust their budget by cutting from the police and firemen and not their own salary or office budgets.

  2. derrty duck says:

    have fun in baltimore
    mayor francis slay if u there stay there we dont want u back
    LMAO
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/gop-hopeful-michele-bachmann-live-and-lying-in-new-orleans/

  3. lucky lou says:

    stop the wars all three of them 10 years plus in afgan makes no sense troops come home

  4. ROYAL FARMS TOWSON MD says:

    TOP SUBJETS, DRUGS, CRIME/MURDERES, WELFARE, JOBS,CLEANER CITYS, NO VACANT HOUSING THERE ARE COMPLETE NEIGHBORHOOS VACANT IN BALTIMORE CITY, 0%TOLERANCE OF DRUGS ENFORCED,,,,THIS CONFERENCE COULD GO ON FOR A WHILE

  5. BALTIMORE CITY POLICE says:

    STOP THE CORRUPTION

  6. parkville law says:

    THE COURTS NEED TO BE ACOUNTABLE FOR THE SAME CRIMES , NO MATTER WHO YOUR ATTORNEY IS IF YOU DECIDE TO DEAL DRUGS, YOU DO 15 YEARS NO SECOND CHANCES

  7. LITTLE ITALY says:

    if police know there is a drug corner and activity is going on and do nothing should the police get paid for work

  8. GOVANS says:

    we don’t need more teachers we need police who can do there jobs what is the number 1 reason folks left the citys for

  9. FELLS POINT says:

    the citys one attraction the inner harbor , no parking, more$$$t to park then to for dinner , not safe whydo we pay policet

  10. HIGHLAND TOWN says:

    I LIVE IN A PART OF THE CITY THAT TEN YEARS AGO WAS SAFE NOW THE DRUG DEALING, MUDERS,,,,,,WHY DO WE PAY BALTIMORE CITY POLICE ANYTHING

  11. PARKVILLE VFW says:

    IF YOU WANT CHANGE YOU WILL HALF TO CHANGE

  12. CROSS STREET says:

    HOW ABOUT ILLEGAL ALIENS POPULATION IN OUR CITYS THAT DO NOT PAY TAXES AND SEND THERE KIDS TO FREE SCHOOLING BACK TO MEXCIO AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE THESE RIGHTS IN MEXCIO WISE UP

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