In October of 2015, Austin Mayor Adler took the lead in the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge to restore and enhance the habitat for Monarch butterflies in the City of Austin. The National Wildlife Federation presented Mayor Adler with a certificate for the most wildlife-friendly city in America.
This week Austin Mayor Steve Adler will join newly elected mayors and mayors-elect from across the country at Harvard Institute of Politics’ (IOP) upcoming Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors. Every two years, the IOP hosts the country’s leading educational and preparatory program for new U.S. mayors.
Newly elected mayors from large cities will gather Dec. 8-11 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.
“Austin is not the first city to deal with mobility and affordability challenges. This conference is a great opportunity for me to learn what has worked – and not worked – in other cities,” said Mayor Adler. “As much as Austin is an example to other cities across the world about fostering innovation in technology, culture, and renewable energy, I’m always in the market for new ideas that we can put to good use in Austin.”
“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 begins Tuesday, December 8, concluding Friday, December 11 at the IOP at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. 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.