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Mayor Holt elected to leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors

Post Date:07/02/2019 9:00 AM

The United States Conference of Mayors elected Mayor David Holt to its governing leadership this week at its 87th annual meeting, held in Honolulu.

Mayor Holt was elected with nine other mayors to the Advisory Board of the organization. In this capacity, Mayor Holt will help steer the direction of the organization as it advocates for cities nationwide.  

“I’m honored and excited at this opportunity,” said Mayor Holt. “I’m grateful for the confidence my fellow mayors have shown. I look forward to working with them to ensure that America’s cities continue to thrive.”

The U.S. Conference of Mayors was founded in 1932 and is the official non-partisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 or larger. Each of the over 1,400 eligible cities is represented by its chief elected official, the mayor.

The group meets annually around the country. In 2010, the annual meeting was held in Oklahoma City. This year in Honolulu, over 200 mayors attended. Remarks were made by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Second Lady Karen Pence, among others.  

In addition to Mayor Holt’s attendance at the plenary sessions of the meeting, he appeared on a panel regarding Opportunity Zones. He also visited the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor that was championed by residents of Oklahoma City and dedicated in 2007. 

Mayor Holt took office as Mayor of America’s 27th-largest city in April 2018. At the time of his election, he was the youngest mayor of a city with over 500,000 people, the youngest mayor of Oklahoma City since 1923, and the city’s first Native American mayor.

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