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Coviello to attend Harvard Conference for newly elected mayors

By Staff | Nov 28, 2017

Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello will join new mayors from across the country at the Institute of Politics’, Harvard Kennedy School, attending a seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors.

More than 20 mayors and mayors-elect will gather today through Nov. 30 for the Institute of Politics’ conference, which will focus on best practices, supported by workshops led by experts in public policy, media, the private sector and municipal governments.

The IOP invites all first-time mayors from cities with populations larger than 75,000 to the program held every two years and hosted by the Institute of Politics and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“One of our most rewarding activities at the IOP centers around providing a non-partisan, collegial forum for mayors, speakers and experts in a range of fields to form personal relationships,” said Bill Delahunt, IOP acting director in a prepared statement. “Challenges facing our cities and their leaders have become increasingly more complex and demanding. We hope to become on ongoing resource for collaboration, information and support to the civic leaders taking on these vital issues.

Attendance at this seminar is by invitation only. All travel expenses, lodging and meals for new mayors and their spouses are paid for by the Institute of Politics, according to the Institute’s Web site.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the IOP have developed an agenda featuring a diverse group of top policy and media, private and public sector experts including a host of Harvard Kennedy School professors, and former and current mayors, a release from the city of Cape Coral states. New mayors will participate in a variety of sessions. Topics will include substance abuse and the opioid crisis, managing city finances, cross-sector partnerships and inclusive economic development, principles of good policing, and crisis response as well as sessions on new technologies, measuring performance, and developing a branding strategy for city development.

The educational and preparatory program for new mayors has been offered since 1975.