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Montgomery mayor seeks public safety solutions at U.S. Conference of Mayors

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Monday, June 24, 2024   

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

Steven Reed, mayor of Montgomery, was among them and said some of his city's biggest challenges are public safety and support for small businesses. Reed explained he is leaning on strategies from other areas finding success in reducing gun violence and boosting the economy.

"Although our homicide and nonfatal shootings are down double digits, percent-wise, we still have too many occurrences taking place in our community as a whole," Reed asserted.

On a policy level, Reed noted he is also exploring ways to promote healthier outcomes for residents. The
conference was held in Kansas City, Missouri, with mayors from both sides of the aisle representing rural and urban communities.

Reed emphasized collaboration at the conference also means sharing Montgomery's successes with other communities. He cited partnerships as a bright spot in the city's economic development plans.

"When you consider that we just landed META with an $800 million project, when you look at the job growth that our city has seen over the last several years -- and we've led the state in that area -- that's significant," Reed stressed.

Representatives of several federal agencies attended the conference. In a push for progress, Reed
noted he is setting his sights on getting their help to obtain grants to improve the energy grid and high-speed internet.

"We want to engage those agencies, as well as the Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, in other initiatives that they have, that we have prioritized in the city and our residents have brought to us," Reed added.

Reed underscored the importance of ensuring nonprofits and other organizations can also access more
funding. Other topics addressed at the conference include housing and mental health.


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