Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was elected Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) at its 79th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
The election, held on Friday, places Nutter in line to become President of the group in 2012, if he wins a second mayoral term in November.
“I am honored to be part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and am excited to expand my leadership role at a critical time for cities," said Nutter. "USCM is not only a vehicle for mayors to come together and discuss issues facing our urban areas, but it is also a powerful voice advocating for our cities on a national level."
On Monday, a select group of mayors, including Nutter, was invited to the White House to discuss job creation and the economic recovery. Nutter tweeted to his followers:
The mayors also passed a resolution on Monday urging Congress to quickly end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and spend the money on domestic priorities.
The resolution, passed on the final day of the annual conference, says $126 billion is being spent each year on the wars. It says that money should be spent at home to create jobs, rebuild infrastructure, develop sustainable energy and provide for other needs.
Currently, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, CA, is President of the USCM.
Former Philadelphia Mayors, Richardson Dilworth (’60-’61) and James H.J. Tate (’70-’71) both serrved as presidents of USCM.