Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Prominent National Leaders to Headline December Conference

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Prominent National Leaders to Headline December Conference

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Weighing in on some of the pressing issues facing leaders at the local level, Henry Cisneros and Jack Kemp, two nationally recognized leaders who are both former secretaries of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will kick off the opening general session at the Congress of Cities and Exposition conference in Reno, Nev., in December.

Cisneros, who currently serves as chairman of CityView, a community-building company dedicated to producing workforce homes in the central neighborhoods of America's urban areas, is credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation's public housing developments and with formulating policies that have contributed to today's record home ownership rate. He is the founder of American Sunrise, a community-based nonprofit organization focused on home ownership for working families and afterschool curricula for central city children.

A former mayor of San Antonio and a former NLC president, Cisneros is recognized as the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city. During his four terms in office, he helped rebuild the city's economic base and spurred the creation of jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements. In 1986 he was also selected as the "outstanding mayor" in the nation by City and State magazine.

Kemp, also a well-known public policy figure, is founder and chairman of Kemp Partners, a strategic consulting firm that provides clients with strategic counsel, relationship development and marketing advice.

A nationally recognized expert, Kemp has been solicited to co-chair the Council on Foreign Relations' Russia Task Force with former Sen. …

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