Nearly 40 mayors from across the country will gather in Baltimore this weekend for the U.S. Conference of Mayor's leadership meeting to discuss areas the 2016 presidential candidates should prioritize.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, president of the conference, will lead discussions that also will include economic development, community policing and the spike in homicides many cities saw over the summer. The group will meet at the Hilton Hotel from Friday to Sunday.
Jerry Abramson, director of intergovernmental affairs for the White House, and Ron Davis, director of the U.S. Department of Justice's community-oriented policing services, will offer remarks at the meeting.
A group of mayors also will participate in a service project to improve a blighted block in West Baltimore's Harlem Park neighborhood.