Mayor Feinen to Attend Harvard Conference for Newly Elected Mayors

Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen will join mayors from cities across the country for Harvard Institute of Politics’ (IOP) upcoming Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors in early December.  Every two years, the IOP hosts the country’s preeminent ‎educational and preparatory program for new U.S. mayors.

Newly elected mayors from prominent cities across the country will gather at Harvard University December 8-11, 2015, for the IOP’s conference on exercising leadership in city hall and addressing legislative and policy challenges.  The program, co-sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, has hosted hundreds of current and former mayors since its inception in 1975.  The Institute primarily invites newly-elected mayors from cities with populations over 75,000.

Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen said, “I look forward to attending this prestigious seminar, which has helped prepare new mayors for effective leadership for more than forty years.  Being invited to attend is an honor, and I look forward to learning about new tools and strategies which will help maximize my service to the citizens of Champaign.”

“We gladly welcome newly elected U.S. mayors to Harvard,” said Christian Flynn, Harvard IOP Director of Conferences and Special Projects.  “Our seminar provides an opportunity for new city leaders to gain critical guidance from experts, practitioners and each other.”

The 21st biennial Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors features a diverse group of policy and political experts.  The seminar runs December 8-11 at the IOP at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA.  The newly elected U.S. mayors will participate in a variety of sessions led by current and former U.S. mayors, academics, policy analysts and practitioners.

Topics will include Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead, Policing and Public Safety, Communicating in Real-Time During a Crisis, as well as workshops on transitioning from the campaign to City Hall, finance and administration, economic development and competitiveness, the tech and data-driven city and attracting the Millennial generation to cities.

Contact:  Jeff Hamilton | 217-403-8720 | jeff.hamilton@ci.champaign.il.us