CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett was recently selected to serve as a member of the US Conference of Mayors Infrastructure Task Force.
The newly created task force is led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and comprised of mayors from across the country, will focus on working together to define and help shape a national infrastructure plan. The task force will meet several times between June and December 2017.
“Mayor Corbett is the ideal Iowa mayor to represent our state on this task force, not only because he is the mayor of the second largest city in Iowa, but because of his long-term interest and commitment to infrastructure needs in the State of Iowa,” Jeff Pomeranz, Cedar Rapids City Manager said.
During his time in the legislator, Corbett helped develop the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, which provides funding resources for building and renovating state buildings, including the State Capitol, Iowa State Fair buildings, the State Training School for Boys in Eldora, and many other critical facilities. As Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Corbett was instrumental in the creation of the Flood Mitigation Board, which provides needed funding to flood impacted cities in Iowa, such as Waverly, Coralville and Cedar Rapids.
“I’m honored to represent not just the City of Cedar Rapids, but the entire State of Iowa in addressing infrastructure needs,” Corbett said. “As part of my work on this task force, I plan to travel throughout the state to meet with local government officials about important infrastructure needs in their communities.”
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. In addition to the ongoing work of the Conference’s standing committees, mayors are organized into task forces to examine and act on issues that demand special attention.