Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner Hosts African American Mayors Association Conference
Conference Includes Presidential Hopefuls, Discussions About Urgent City Challenges

April 24, 2019 -- Beginning today, Wednesday, April 24 to Friday, April 26, 2019, Black mayors from across the nation will gather in Houston, TX at the African American Mayors Association’s (AAMA) largest convening of the year.

AAMA Logo and Graphic

“As a member of the Board of Trustees of AAMA, I am extraordinarily proud that the Board unanimously chose Houston, the fourth largest and most diverse city in the nation for this historic event. AAMA’s decision to host the conference in Houston will undoubtedly help AAMA mayor members broaden their impact on their communities, leading them into a more sustainable future," said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

"As Houston’s mayor, I am excited to host the conference and celebration along with the Local Host Mayor Committee, made up of the African American mayors in the greater Houston area and who are serving as co-chairs of the conference."

The annual event connects Black mayors with thought-leaders, politicians, advocacy organizations, and corporations to forge alliances, focus on unique local challenges, and exchange ideas that will foster safer and more prosperous communities for millions of Americans.  
Conference highlights include the unveiling of new research about the future of work conducted by AAMA in partnership with Google.org; and meetings about urban environmental challenges; creating smart cities; maximizing the 2020 Census count in the face of unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to identify citizenship; and community policing standards. Additionally, Mayor Hardie Davis of Augusta, GA will be sworn-in as AAMA’s new president as the conference concludes on Friday, April 26th.

WHAT:  AAMA National Conference for African American Mayors
WHO: The Honorable Kamala Harris
The Honorable Bernie Sanders
The Honorable Amy Klobuchar
The Honorable Cory Booker
The Honorable Julián Castro
Mayor Wayne Messam
Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Obama
Ja’Ron Smith, Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of American Innovation
Dozens of Mayors (See list below)
WHEN:  Wednesday, April 24- Friday, April 26, 2019
WHERE: Hilton Americas- Houston, Houston, TX    
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010  
Below is a list of some of the mayors that will be in attendance:
Mayor Sylvester Turner   
Houston, TX
Mayor Oliver Gilbert       
Miami Gardens, FL
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Atlanta, GA
Mayor Muriel Bowser        
Washington, DC
Mayor Hardie Davis
Augusta, GA
Mayor Steve Benjamin   
Columbia, SC
Mayor Sly James             
Kansas City, MO
Mayor Randall Woodfin
Birmingham, AL
Mayor Vi Lyles
Charlotte, NC
Mayor Levar Stoney         
Richmond, VA
Mayor Jack Sims             
District Heights, MD
Mayor Karen Weaver     
Flint, MI
Mayor Deanna Reed       
Harrisonburg, VA
Mayor Toni Harp            
New Haven, CT
Mayor McKinley Price     
Newport News, VA
Mayor Lovely Warren       
Rochester, NY
Mayor Melvin Carter         
St. Paul, MO  
Mayor George Flaggs         
Vicksburg, MS