For Immediate Release: August 14, 2018
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Mayor Gilbert Lays Out Vision for 2018-2019 Year
African American Mayors Association Also Names Five New Board of Trustee Members
(Washington, DC) Today, Mayor Oliver Gilbert III of Miami Gardens, FL, President of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA), laid out his vision and agenda for his tenure as President.
Mayor Gilbert said, “I’m honored to be the new President of AAMA and excited to build on the ambitious agenda of Mayor Harp to strengthen our cities across America. That agenda includes an emphasis on economic and workforce development policies, such as skills training and small business support to prepare our cities for the future of work. We will continue to engage on criminal justice reform by working to improve community policing and reducing gun violence.
“In a world driven by technological advancements, we will focus on leveraging technology to increase the effectiveness of local government interventions, encouraging technology companies to be more inclusive, and increasing access to technology by expanding 5G and broadband implementation. And, because everyone should have an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of city life, we will remain focused on increasing access to affordable housing in cities throughout America.”
In addition to laying out his agenda, Mayor Gilbert announced that the following mayors were elected to the AAMA Board of Trustees during the 2018 Annual Conference:
Mayor Joseph Barnes (Urbancrest, OH)
Mayor Wayne Messam (Miramar FL)
Mayor Catherine Pugh (Baltimore, MD)
Mayor Eulis Willis (Navassa, NC)
Mayor Randall Woodfin (Birmingham, AL)
“I am thrilled to enlist Mayors Barnes, Messam, Pugh, Willis, and Woodfin to our Board of Trustees. These exemplary Mayors are well-known for rolling up their sleeves and getting things done for their constituents. Their passion and talents will be tremendous assets to our organization,” said Mayor Gilbert.
Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, MD said, “As AAMA enters its fifth year, we have a unique opportunity to leverage the innovative best practices that are serving to move our communities forward. President Gilbert has set forth a bold vision that reaffirms AAMA’s importance and impact nationwide. I look forward to working closely with him and my AAMA colleagues as we assert policies and approaches that promote greater equity, greater opportunity, and greater quality of life.”
Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham, AL said, “Mayors stand at the forefront of advancing and defending progress in our communities. That progress is rooted in sound economic development, an emphasis on public safety and a commitment to building smart cities. I look forward to President Gilbert’s leadership and partnering with my fellow mayors – the spirit of collaboration will push our cities forward.”