Mayor William Capote Represents Palm Bay In U.S. Conference of Mayors
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // June 23, 2015
joined nearly 300 of the nation’s mayors
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Mayor William Capote joined nearly 300 of the nation’s mayors in San Francisco last weekend for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The four day conference began on Friday with a special address from the president.
The nation’s mayors then convened to discuss the economic health of the nation’s cities and their metropolitan area and the factors that contribute to growth and/or decline.
The mayors also released their annual U.S. Metro Economies Report containing last year’s Gross Metropolitan Product (GMP) numbers for each of the nation’s 381 metro areas along with the 2015-2016 metro economic forecasts of GMP and employment.
Mayor Capote is a member of the Community Development and Housing Committee which plays a vital role in securing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for revitalization projects.
Mayor Capote plans to continue to advocate for an increase in these funds which supports local programs like the Children’s Hunger Project, Homes for Warriors and the Bayfront Redevelopment Agency.
The mayor also sits on the Advanced Manufacturing Task Force which focuses on new initiatives for the development of educational programs for students who want to learn the manufacturing industry.
“San Francisco, like Palm Bay, is listed in the top 10 cities nationwide for technology and it will be good to see how it is thriving and bring some knowledge back to our city,” Mayor Capote said.
“I enjoyed sharing success stories with other cities and learning new and innovative ways to grow.”
As a result of the mayor’s participation since 2014, and working with the local Economic Development Commission and area chambers of commerce, the city supports the initiatives by developing partnerships with institutions like Eastern Florida State College and the local high schools to train students in this field.
Other issues topping the conference agenda included water conservation, transportation, municipal bonds and marketplace fairness, education, workforce development and apprenticeship programs for youth, technology and innovation, energy efficiency, community policing and more.
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