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Housing among top priorities for Savannah at Mayors' Conference

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Monday, June 24, 2024   

More than 200 mayors, from cities in Georgia and across the country, gathered through this weekend to tackle the nation's most prominent issues at the 92nd annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting.

Van Johnson, mayor of Savannah, was among them and said some of his city's biggest challenges are housing and public safety. Van explained he leans on strategies from other areas finding success in increasing access to affordable living and reducing gun violence.

"The challenges we face are not singular to Savannah," Johnson pointed out. "People are experiencing rent that is too high; the cost of housing is really not sustainable. We have an unacceptable amount of gun violence in our cities, although nationally, violent crime is down."

He added they are working on challenges in managing infrastructure and meeting the demands of growth. The conference was held in Kansas City, Missouri, with mayors from both sides of the aisle representing rural and urban communities.

Johnson emphasized collaboration at the conference also means sharing Savannah's successes with other communities. He cited new laws to meant to encourage residents to secure firearms.

"We recently also enacted gun safety legislation that requires owners of guns in Savannah to secure their vehicles and secure their weapons within their vehicles, and to report their stolen vehicles to police," Johnson outlined.

Representatives of several federal agencies attended the conference. In a push for progress, Johnson stressed he is setting his sights on getting their help to obtain grants.

"I want to talk about the federal funding from legislation such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS and Science Act," Johnson noted. "How can Savannah continue to take advantage of this?"

He added other topics addressed at the conference included mental health and the economy.


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