US Conference of Mayors kicks off in Dallas

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell (Mark Batchelder/KXAN)
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell (Mark Batchelder/KXAN)

DALLAS (AP) — More than 200 U.S. mayors, including Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell are gathering in Dallas for a four-day conference.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors begins Friday. The mayors from cities large and small will discuss the economic health of the nation’s cities, transportation, education, housing, assistance to returning veterans and the minimum wage.

The conference will feature several guest speakers, including Maria Shriver speaking on women living near poverty.

A session on sports, race and politics in America will include retired NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sacramento Kings’ owner Vivek Ranadive and several mayors including Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player and president of the conference.

The mayors will also vote on policy resolutions and send to Washington in hopes of shaping federal legislation.

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