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The Cultural Connection: U.S. Conference of Mayors 2019 Winter Meeting

The US Conference of Mayors (USCM) convened last week at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC for their 87th Annual Winter Meeting. This annual forum addresses the tough issues the communities throughout the country face - to ensure the nation's economic vitality is strengthened: addressing climate chaos, infrastructure, innovation, technology needs, housing solutions, job creation, inclusion, lodging, tourism, arts & culture developments.

"The opportunity to meet with Mayors, their staff and community leaders during the program provided the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Marketing Council (USCHMC) the ability to learn first hand about the timely needs associated with cultural engagement across the nation.", says Richard Peterson, President and CEO of USCHMC.

Invited by Mayor Hillary Schieve of Reno, Nevada, and Chair of the USCM Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment, and Sports Committee (TAPES), Peterson shared insights with the Committee as to the critical need to provide balanced community support and funding to cultural & heritage programming and activities. The benefits are far reaching; not only to the residents, but to the regional areas and visitors alike.

USCM TAPES COMMITTEE: January 23, 2019: Left to Right:

Dr. Susanne Seitinger, Signify - Mayor Hillary Schieve, Reno, NV - Richard Peterson, U.S. Cultural & Heritage Marketing Council

Peterson further notes, "The TAPES Committee and USCM as a whole, strive each and every day to lift-up the critical balance of community safety, services, education and economic stability for their constituents. Their work is so important to the wider narrative being addressed throughout our country to enable equal access to our national arts, culture, history and heritage experiences."

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