The United States Conference of Mayors' 85th Winter Meeting will take place this week in Washington, DC., and on Tuesday morning a familiar face will take the stage.
Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer will make remarks at the Council on Metro Economies and the New American City. His topic will be Apopka's summer youth jobs program.
"I am honored to have been invited to speak at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting this Tuesday in Washington, D.C.," said Kilsheimer. "I will be sharing with mayors from across the country the success we've had with Apopka Youth Works, our summer employment program for junior and senior high school students."
Since its inception in 2001, The Council on Metro Economies and the New American City has served as the economic research arm of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, publishing over 50 U.S. Metro Economies reports forecasting economic growth and job creation in the nation’s 362 metro areas. The Council’s work to establish Gross Metropolitan Product (GMP) as a key national economic indicator has helped to establish the important role cities play in the economic growth of the United States.
And the Council has an interest in what Apopka did this summer with its youth employment program.
Apopka Youth Works is a collaboration between the City of Apopka and CareerSource Central Florida to provide high-school juniors and seniors from the Apopka area with a summer of employment education and paid work through local businesses. The program also draws support from Valencia College, Henkels & McCoy and the United States Conference of Mayors.
Last summer 75 local high-schoolers enrolled in the program, which provides seven weeks of career education and on-site work experience. Jobs were available to Apopka high-school juniors and seniors from moderate- to low-income families. Work was coordinated through partnerships with more than 20 local businesses.
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,408 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.
The primary roles of The U.S. Conference of Mayors are to:
Promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy;
Strengthen federal-city relationships;
Ensure that federal policy meets urban needs;
Provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and
Create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.
312 mayors are scheduled to attend the Winter Meeting.
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