Miami Beach will host the 85th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2017.
The summer meeting brings together about 250 mayors from across the country to discuss a wide range of issues and hear from guest speakers that have included the President and congressional leaders.
The nonpartisan organization is made up of mayors representing cities with populations of 30,000 or greater. This year’s meeting was held June 19-22 in San Francisco.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said he and the city staff worked with the Great Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to support the Beach’s bid, which was successful during last weekend’s annual meeting. The Beach is well-equipped to host such an event, Levine said.
“Clearly our core competency is hosting large events,” he said. “That’s what we do for a living in Miami Beach.”
Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the conference, praised the Beach for its history and place in South Florida.
“We are pleased that the nation’s mayors will be convening in Miami Beach for our 2017 summer meeting,” he said in a news release. “It is a vibrant city with a rich architectural heritage. Moreover, it’s commitment to building a diversified economy by leveraging international trade opportunities holds many lessons from which we can learn.”
The last time the meeting came to Miami-Dade was when the city of Miami hosted in 2008. This is the first time Miami Beach will play host.