Nearly a Dozen Mayors Coming to Kansas City For CityAge Conference Oct. 29-30

October 6, 2015 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Kansas City will host CityAge: The New American City, the international conference on the business of city building, Oct. 29-30.

Mayor Sly James will be joined by several other U.S. mayors and national business leaders to look at the investments, ideas and partnerships that are helping to build — and rebuild — America’s urban areas. (A list of confirmed participants appears below.)

“The New American City is emerging, and it’s vital that leaders in government and business take part in the partnerships and dialogue that will help us build our cities for the future,” James said.“The New American City conference started in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2012, and it has become the forum for the leaders in the business of city building.”

 James will deliver a keynote address on the important role of public safety to build safe neighborhoods, encourage investment and grow the economy for all. The New American City also will focus on the importance of investing in education for the residents of Kansas City and other American cities. The event will feature speakers from local organizations such Burns & McDonnell, Populous, Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City Public Library, UMKC and the University of Kansas.

The leaders who attend the New American City join the CityAge international network of more than 4,500 leaders in business, government, research and society who are key to the business of city building. CityAge has been held in Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, London, Hong Kong, Seattle, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver and other cities.

“We are delighted CityAge is returning to Kansas City for the second time, for its 22nd edition,” said Marc Andrew, CityAge co-founder. “Kansas City is a city of builders. With its excellence in engineering and design, its emerging hi-tech cluster and its downtown revitalization, Kansas City is an excellent place to discuss the investments and partnerships that are leading the urban renewal in the United States.”

Note to editors and reporters: The following mayors are scheduled to speak at CityAge Oct. 29-30:

  • Sly James, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Jim Schmitt, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma, Washington

  • Beth Van Duyne, Irving, Texas

  • Jeff Longwell, Wichita, Kansas

  • Paul Soglin, Madison, Wisconsin

  • Johnny Ford, Tuskegee, Alabama

  • Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Mark Holland, Kansas City, Kansas

Also scheduled to speak at CityAge:

  • Maria Meyers, Executive Director, U.S. Sourcelink

  • Joe Reardon, CEO, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

  • Yasuyuki Motoyama, Director of Research and Policy, The Kauffman Foundation

  • Esther George, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

  • Michael Lockwood, Principal, Populous

  • Jim Heeter, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

  • Bernadette Grey-Little, Chancellor, University of Kansas

  • Charles Renner, Partner, Husch Blackwell

  • Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives, Kansas City Public Library

  • Guy Lipa, Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

  • Candace Byrd, Chief of Staff, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Aaron North, Vice President, Education, The Kauffman Foundation

Other mayors and speakers have been invited. For an updated list, a schedule or further information on CityAge, visit or contact Marc Andrew, or ; or Miro Cernetig, or .


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