NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today is in Washington, D.C., to attend the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) Conference. As a member of the AAMA Board of Trustees, Mayor Cantrell will take part in voting for the new AAMA officers for the coming year. Additionally, the Mayor will participate in a variety of meetings with other Mayors from across the nation and will attend conference sessions led by Congressional leadership, White House staff, Cabinet Secretaries and private sector representatives.
“Attending this year’s African American Mayors Association Conference presents an opportunity to engage and hear directly from top-level federal officials, like Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Cabinet Secretaries, to ensure we work together to identify projects and programs that will benefit residents,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “The support and shared experiences of mayors is a much-needed resource that federal officials lean on to understand what is happening on the ground. Particularly during these unprecedented times, it is important that mayors discuss and analyze ways in which we can make our African American-led cities more equitable through infrastructure improvements, crime prevention, affordable housing initiatives and addressing other challenges urban communities face. I am excited to build on our partnerships at the federal level through the AAMA!”
AAMA is the only organization that exclusively represents African American Mayors in the United States. The organization encourages the empowerment of local leaders to take positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities and will benefit their citizens. AAMA provides leadership and management tools by creating a forum for member Mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.
Mayor Cantrell also met with newly appointed White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young to match identified projects to funding programs and to discuss the City’s priority projects related to community equity, resiliency, and sustainability based on the shared goals of the Cantrell and Biden administrations.