|By PR Newswire||
|January 24, 2014 10:07 PM EST||
Almost 300 Mayors Visit White House, Meet with Cabinet Officials, Discuss Economy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Under the leadership of USCM President Mesa (AZ) Mayor Scott Smith and a week before the President's State of the Union Address, the nation's mayors today wrapped up their 82nd Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., where they met with Congressional leadership and Administration officials to urge Congress to continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to spur job creation and economic growth in America's cities and metropolitan areas, many of which are still plagued with high unemployment. More than 280 of the nation's mayors came together at the Capitol Hilton Hotel to discuss the economy, jobs, innovation, transportation and the continued threat to tax-exempt municipal bonds.
While in Washington, mayors visited the White House and engaged in a question and answer session with President Obama, as well as in discussions with DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.
On site at the Capital Hilton, the mayors heard from several speakers including nine U.S. cabinet secretaries, several of which who took questions from the mayors. The lineup of Administration officials includes: Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Energy Secretary Moniz, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The mayors also heard from CEOs of major U.S. companies including Citi North America CEO William Mills, Philips Lighting President & CEO Bruno Biasiotta and Walmart USA CEO Bill Simon, who announced a $10 million fund to be executed between Walmart and The Conference aimed at bringing back jobs to America's cities.
Newly elected New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio spoke to the mayors on Thursday about their leadership and being on the forefront of progress in America. "There is a long tradition of mayors being ahead of the curve and working for the notion of shared prosperity and working for the notion of people rising together, even when it wasn't in vogue in the national debate," Mr. de Blasio said in [his] speech. "I wish we could say that we could thank the Congress, but let's be honest. That's not where the progress is coming from. It's coming from you. And that's something that we need to build upon," De Blasio told his colleagues.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also addressed his colleagues on Thursday in the Conference's Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, where he called for improved oversight of companies transporting hazardous materials and crude oil by rail through America's cities. "Freight train accidents across the United States should be more than a wake-up call," said Mayor Emanuel. "Railroads are the backbone of our country, providing an economic lifeline to Chicago and communities across the nation. These incidents move us to take action so we can strengthen safety standards and employ new technology to prevent future harm."
House Transportation Chair Bill Shuster addressed the group on Friday and affirmed the need for a stronger partnership between local governments and the federal government on transportation issues.
Over fifty new mayors attended the Winter Meeting, and several brought greetings to their colleagues, including Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, Miami Beach Philip Levine, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, Seattle Mayor Ed Murra and Compton Mayor Aja Brown.
USCM President Mayor Smith asked a number of mayors to share best practices through what he termed "Innovation Moments" to underscore the notion that the innovations that drive this country begin with cities and their mayors.
These vignettes highlighted local ideas across a broad spectrum of topics including San Jose, CA Mayor Chuck Reed on pension reform, Gary, IN Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on harnessing student innovation to improve city services, Tampa, FL Mayor Bob Buckhorn on using social media, San Antonio, TX Mayor Julian Castro on early childhood education, Burnsville, MN Mayor Elizabeth Kauz on applying business practices to government and Tuscaloosa, AL Mayor Walter Maddox on disaster recovery and preparedness.
Finally, the mayors released economic data showing employment and economic growth projections for 2014 in all of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas. Done in conjunction with IHS Global Insight, the report shows all of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas are expected to see real economic growth in 2014, unlike in 2013 when 96 metropolitan areas experienced declining economies. The report also shows that nearly all metro areas expect to see real Gross Metropolitan Growth of one percent or higher, compared to only 183 metros seeing the same growth in 2013. The report can be found at: http://www.usmayors.org/metroeconomies/2014/0114-briefing.pdf.
Mayors also released a clean energy survey highlighting local action in nearly 300 cities to advance innovative technologies that reduce energy use and consumption. The report shows that despite budget constraints, mayors expect to significantly expand their investment in energy technologies over the next five years and points to specific areas where mayors are deploying new energy technologies to make their city operations and communities more energy efficient. The report can be found at:
"Our message is simple," said USCM President Smith. "Our future economic prosperity depends directly on the productivity and growth of our cities and their metro areas. In order for our nation to reach its full potential, mayors must be at the center of federal policy discussions."
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.
SOURCE The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walk you through how Oct...
Sep. 26, 2016 06:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,113
SYS-CON Events announced today that Secure Channels will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The bedrock of Secure Channels Technology is a uniquely modified and enhanced process based on superencipherment. Superencipherment is the process of encrypting an already encrypted message one or more times, either using the same or a different algorithm.
Sep. 26, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,578
Vidyo, Inc., has joined the Alliance for Open Media. The Alliance for Open Media is a non-profit organization working to define and develop media technologies that address the need for an open standard for video compression and delivery over the web. As a member of the Alliance, Vidyo will collaborate with industry leaders in pursuit of an open and royalty-free AOMedia Video codec, AV1. Vidyo’s contributions to the organization will bring to bear its long history of expertise in codec technolo...
Sep. 26, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,575
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Sep. 26, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 251
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
Sep. 26, 2016 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,827
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For more than two decades, Bsquare has helped its customers extract business value from a broad array of physical assets by making them intelligent, connecting them, and using the data they generate to optimize business processes.
Sep. 26, 2016 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,717
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
Sep. 26, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,350
Digitization is driving a fundamental change in society that is transforming the way businesses work with their customers, their supply chains and their people. Digital transformation leverages DevOps best practices, such as Agile Parallel Development, Continuous Delivery and Agile Operations to capitalize on opportunities and create competitive differentiation in the application economy. However, information security has been notably absent from the DevOps movement. Speed doesn’t have to negat...
Sep. 26, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,099
If you’re responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints – either sensors or devices – your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expect...
Sep. 26, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,615
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
Sep. 26, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,021
Your business relies on your applications and your employees to stay in business. Whether you develop apps or manage business critical apps that help fuel your business, what happens when users experience sluggish performance? You and all technical teams across the organization – application, network, operations, among others, as well as, those outside the organization, like ISPs and third-party providers – are called in to solve the problem.
Sep. 26, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,520
SYS-CON Events announced today that ReadyTalk, a leading provider of online conferencing and webinar services, has been named Vendor Presentation Sponsor at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that inspire collaboration and enable the Future of Work for today’s increasingly digital and mobile workforce. By combining intuitive, innovative tec...
Sep. 26, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,838
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
Sep. 26, 2016 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,910
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
Sep. 26, 2016 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,556
Enterprise IT has been in the era of Hybrid Cloud for some time now. But it seems most conversations about Hybrid are focused on integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google ECM into existing on-premises systems. Where is all the Private Cloud? What do technology providers need to do to make their offerings more compelling? How should enterprise IT executives and buyers define their focus, needs, and roadmap, and communicate that clearly to the providers?
Sep. 26, 2016 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,555