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Mayor Durkan Appointed as Vice Chair to the United States Conference of Mayors’ Technology and Innovation Task Force

Seattle (May 18) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has been appointed as the Vice Chair of the United States Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Technology and Innovation Task Force by USCM President, Steve Benjamin, the Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. Mayor Durkan will join Mayor Steve Adler of Austin, Texas to develop a proactive, strategic agenda to help mayors across the country address the potential impacts of technological innovation on their cities.

“Seattle has always been the city that invents the future and one of the most innovative developers of cutting-edge technology anywhere. Technology is reshaping our nation’s transportation systems, our economy, our workforce, and our security,” said Mayor Durkan. “I look forward to working with Mayor Adler and mayors across the country to use technology to make our cities better, more vibrant, and more inclusive places to live.”

“I am very pleased to welcome Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle as the Vice Chair of the Technology and Innovation Task Force. As a long-time champion of cybersecurity at the local and national level, and the Mayor of one of our country’s most innovative tech cities, her insights will be invaluable as we develop a proactive, strategic agenda in this area,” said USCM President Steve Benjamin. “Mayors across the country are going to be dealing with brand-new technologies that will drastically change the shape of our cities. I am confident with strong leaders like Mayor Durkan leading our Technology and Innovation Task Force, we will be able to make sure we can harness these technologies to make our cities stronger, more agile, and more vibrant than ever before.”

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 or larger. Each city is represented by its chief elected official, the mayor.