FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer is registered to attend the 87th annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Hawaii.
The Conference is scheduled for June 28 through July 1 in Honolulu at the Hilton Hotel (pictured).
The Conference theme is Infrastructure, Innovation, & Inclusion.
There are six Massachusetts Mayors registered for the Conference including Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston and Everett Mayor Carlo Demaria Jr.
Mayor Walsh will be a presenter at the Conference.
In total, there are 209 mayors across the United States registered for the Conference as of yesterday, June 11.
There are sessions on Immigration, Women Entrepreneurs, Carbon-Free Economy, Opportunity Zones, ESports, Homelessness & Housing, etc.
There is also social events on Waikiki Beach, including a luau.
Presiding over the Conference is Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin. The Conference is hosted by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
The cost to attend the conference is $950. Rooms range from $279 to $389 a night. Registration for Conference and rooms increased in June.
UPDATED: City issues press release at 9:41 a.m.
It states: FRAMINGHAM, MA – The United States Conference of Mayors’ 87th Annual Meeting will take place June 28-July 1, 2019 in Honolulu, HI. Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer will attend, joining mayors from across the country, and is personally paying for her travel expenses. As inaccurately reported, the City will not be footing the bill for the Mayor’s travel.
Editor’s Note: The report above never mentioned who was paying for the conference. The report said the registration fee was $950 and the mayor was registered. SOURCE then asked additional questions on the Conference and received the following response.
“The City will pay for her $950 registration. The Mayor has no control over where the conference is held. The Mayor will pay for her own hotel, meals and flight expenses.”
“The mayor is never “off.” She can be sick, visiting family or taking a personal day. She is never officially off the clock. She is the Mayor 24 hours a day/7 days a week,”said the City’s spokesperson.
Photo courtesy of Hilton