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Get ready for mayors

Friday, January 26, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Mayors from across America are going to get weird, sort of. We’ll see how crazy things get in 2020, when the city is slated to host the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. An announcement Thursday morning brought the news that the annual confab currently taking place in Washington, D.C., with Austin Mayor Steve Adler in attendance will come to Central Texas for the first time. More than 500 mayors from throughout the U.S. take part in the conference to discuss issues facing cities and meet with national leaders. The 2020 conference will take place in June, putting it on the calendar just ahead of the nominating conventions for both major political parties’ presidential candidates. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Adler said the timing increases the possibility of national candidates coming to Austin and placing importance on issues raised by attendees. Also possibly in the mix in Austin’s selection is the addition of a public affairs programming track at South by Southwest that has attracted mayors from many major U.S. cities.

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