On January 22nd, 2019, GU Politics and the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative welcomed Mayors Muriel Bowser, Elizabeth Kautz, and Nan Whaley to discuss the unique challenges and potential of American cities in the 21st century.
Moderated by Georgetown Professor Sheila Foster, the panel of Muriel Bowser (Washington, D.C.), Elizabeth Kautz (Burnsville, MN), and Nan Whaley (Dayton, OH) considered how they and other mayors across the country have crafted new models of urban innovation, pathways to community inclusion, and frameworks to deliver urban infrastructure.
On infrastructure development, Mayor Kautz emphasized the potential for ever-closer collaboration between public and private entities. Using wintertime water issues as an example, her city undertook efforts to decrease the numbers of pipes bursting every winter. “It was a lot of money, but it was real-time, more efficient, and all of that information comes into city hall.” The ever-increasing transition to and use of digital systems offers a great deal of new information to city governments.
This event was made possible by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.