The World Conference of Mayors has appointed a Liberian and a resident of the United States, Mr. Sam Mohammed Kromah to serve on its Planning Committee for the WCM Detroit 2017, according to a dispatch quoting Reverend Jim Holley, organizing Chairman for the World Conference of Mayors Detroit 2017.
According to a communication sent to Mr. Kromah and signed by its Chairman said, Mr. Kromah is task with the recruiting of attendees and sponsors for the World Conference of Mayors Landmark conference which is being hosted by the WCM and supported by the City of Detroit, the United States.
The City of Detroit was selected, according to the communication to Mr. Kromah, as this year’s conference city to illustrate that indeed cities even ones that have seemingly intractable challenges can overcome them and become a shiny city on the hill, serving as an example to global communities, the dispatch noted.
The City of Detroit, Michigan, under the leadership of Mayor Mike Duggan has turned the misfortunes of an American city once believed on its death bed into a thriving community.
Moreover, the World Conference of Mayors (WCM) chose Detroit as the site of this year’s conference to showcase a city that is dealing with all the challenges of the world’s cities while overcoming them with effective political and economic governance based upon a growth strategy that is inclusive and projected to positively transform the lives of its citizens.
The City of Detroit can provide lessons learned and gave other struggling cities the hope that with effective governance and a unity of purpose, the lives of global city residents can be improved. It may be recalled that on July 18, 2013, the City of Detroit filed a Chapter 9 bankruptcy that became “the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in United States history by debt, which was estimated at about $20 billion.”
Detroit’s turnaround under the leadership of Mayor Duggan is being sustained and
“fueled by a renewed spirit of unity and a commitment to creating a comeback that includes all Detroiters.”
According to the Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah, recent economic data shows the “needle is moving in the right direction”.
Detroit at a glance:
Metro Population: 1,758,400
Major Industries: Technology, Bio-science, Auto manufacturing
Gross Metro Product: $81.1 Billion
. Median Household Income: $43,512
Median Home Price: $65,900 •
Unemployment: 6.4% •
Job Growth (2015): 1.3% •
Cost of Living: 13.7% below national average
The Detroit Metropolitan area is home to 5.4 million people living in and around the city in more than 300 municipalities, including some of the nation’s wealthiest and challenged communities.
It is also home to more than 300,000 businesses, including 11 Fortune 500
companies. Detroit has attracted firms pursuing emerging technologies including biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and hydrogen fuel cell development. Detroit’s proximity to Windsor, Ontario, provides for views and nightlife.
Many of the area’s prominent museums are in the historic cultural center neighborhood around Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies. Other cultural highlights in Detroit include Motown Historical Museum, the Tuskegee Airmen Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit and the Belle Isle Conservatory.
WHY DETROIT TO HOST THIS CONFERENCE?
The World Conference of Mayors was created with specific goals of instrumenting exemplary leadership by individuals entrusted with the management of nations’ cities and towns.
The primary objective of the World Conference of Mayors is to stimulate positive and constructive relations among mayors internationally. In recognition of Mayor Duggan’s determination in advancing the cause of Detroit’s development and prosperity, The World Conference of Mayors-United Nations of Cities has chosen to team with the Mayor and the City to create exciting opportunities for investments in Detroit by hosting this Landmark Conference in the City.
The significance of this Conference is encapsulated in the World Conference of Mayors’ invitations to 300 mayors from around the world, together with over 1500 businesses and individuals; companies such as Shell, General Electric, Air France, Chevron, KLM, Unilever, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Western Union, Money Gram, Proctor & Gamble, CNN International, BBC, African, Asian and American Academic Institutions, Financial Institutions, NGO’s and the Media.