Winter 2018 Policy Meeting

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Winter 2018 Policy Meeting
Friday, January 26 - Saturday, January 27
SEIU Conference Center
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036


The Winter 2018 Policy Meeting is a 2-day event that will provide Mayors and their staff with the opportunity to learn from peers and experts on the great work being pioneered in cities across the country. Our meetings are different - we focus on the “conversation in the hallway” that is often rushed at busy national meetings, but can prove to be incredibly useful in advancing your city's goals. 


  • Expanding Access to Voting
  • Get the Job Done: Building Immigrant Friendly Cities
  • Building Equitable Bike Infrastructure: All ages, abilities, and backgrounds
  • Fostering Healthy Discourse in Your City

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​Times & topics are subject to change.

Friday, January 26

12:00 - 1:00pm

Steering Committee Meeting (members only)

1:00 - 2:00pm



Welcome & Introductions

Joel Rogers, COWS

Member of the Mayors Innovation Project Steering Committee

2:15 - 4:00pm

Get the Job Done: Building Immigrant Friendly Cities

Our cities have long been a destination for immigrants, who bring economic, social and cultural benefits to our communities. There are numerous policy and program approaches cities can take to better welcome and integrate immigrants. This is especially important in light of hostile federal policy.

4:00 - 4:15pm


4:15 - 6:00pm

Building Equitable Bike Infrastructure: All ages, abilities, and backgrounds

Mitigating traffic congestion, freeing up parking, and reducing carbon emissions all make good cases for why cities are shifting their transportation planning efforts towards building better bicycle infrastructure. But for some municipalities, the development of bike infrastructure extends beyond these benefits to combat—and even reduce—economic, health, and safety disparities. How can local governments leverage bike infrastructure policies and strategies to promote equity in their communities for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds?

Mayor Kendall Lane and Tiffany Mannion, Keene, NH

Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia, PA*

​6:00 - 7:00pm

Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase offers all Mayors and city staff in attendance the opportunity to present on a leading edge/innovative policy or program idea that they’ve successfully implemented (3 minute presentation, 3 powerpoint slides max). Attendees can sign up to participate when they register.

7:00 - 7:30pm


7:30 - 9:00pm

Dinner & Keynote

Saturday, January 27

7:30 - 8:30am


8:30 - 10:30am

Expanding Access to Voting

The ability of people to vote is paramount to a strong democracy. With voter suppression laws across the country reducing local election turnout, what can cities do to increase access to the ballot? Through increased enfranchisement, registration efforts, and election outreach, cities can expand voter turnout and increase life-long engagement in the democratic process.

Emma Greenman, Center for Popular Democracy

Mayor Kate Stewart, Takoma Park, MD

10:30 - 10:45am

Announcement: Mayors Innovation Project Summer 2018 Annual Meeting

Mayor Rosalyn Bliss, Grand Rapids MI

10:45 - 12:45pm

Fostering Healthy Discourse in Your City

Mayors expect to lead their community, but they can’t do it effectively without an engaged citizenry who believes that their voices matter. As our world – and thus our public spaces – become increasingly polarized, it’s becoming ever more difficult to create and maintain venues for productive and meaningful dialogue among citizens and between citizens and their elected officials. Effectively engaging your citizens at the right time and in the right ways can lead to better processes, better ideas, and better outcomes for all. We’ll hear from those making inroads on fostering inclusive and productive dialogue on difficult issues.

Mayor Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh, PA*



1:15 - 3:15pm

Steering Committee Meeting (members only)


Friday, January 26 - Saturday, January 27, 2018
SEIU Conference Center, 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036



Member cities: free unlimited registrations

Non-member cities: $300/person

Non-profits/Academic: $400/person

For-profit/prospective sponsors: Contact us to learn more about sponsorship.

Are you a mayor that has yet to attend one of our meetings? Contact us about first-time discounts!


We invite Mayors, other local elected executive-branch leaders, and their senior staff to attend our meetings from the US and Canada only. Other elected local government leaders and staff should contact their executive and/or us for an invitation. Registration covers the cost of materials and all meals listed on the agenda. View our refund cancellation policy here.  If you're with an NGO or a business interested in presenting at or sponsoring a meeting, learn more here or contact us



Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and hotel. A room block has been reserved at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, a 0.4 mile walk to the meeting, at a rate of $139/night plus tax. Please book no later than Thursday, January 4, 2018. Options for booking:

  1. Online here.
  2. Call and use our dedicated group reservation phone number: 877-212-5752.

Both meeting and meals will take place at the SEIU Conference Center, 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, at Dupont Circle. See map below.


Logistics: Emily Miota,, 608-263-7958

Content: Satya Rhodes-Conway,, 608-262-5387



Our meetings are business casual, with an emphasis on casual.