Kansas City area mayors in Baltimore for conference
7:49 AM, Jun 17, 2011
BALTIMORE, Maryland - The 79th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors gets underway later this morning.
The four day event in Baltimore brings hundreds of mayors from across the nation together to discuss everything from job growth, health care and military spending.
Kansas city, Kansas mayor Joe Reardon and Kansas City, Missouri mayor Sly James are both attending.
The conference is billed as a way to save your city money, create jobs, and promote sustainable development and environmental policies from your mayoral colleagues, national experts, and private-sector leaders.
Topics on the agenda include a resolution to speed the end of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and redirect military spending to domestic priorities. The resolution says $126 billion is being spent each year on the wars and calls on Congress to bring those dollars home to create jobs, rebuild infrastructure, develop sustainable energy and provide for other needs.
The conference represents mayors of the more than 1,200 cities nationwide with a population of more than 30,000.
Confirmed participants include House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue.