Mayor Feinen to attend Harvard conference for new mayors


Sonny An | Photo editor

Feinen smiles as she walks into the room to be greeted by her supporters and interviewed by the media at the Brookens (???) on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. [This caption is all sorts of bad. Copy please surgery.]

By Vivienne Henning

Champaign Mayor Deb Frank Feinen has been invited to attend the Harvard Institute of Politics’ Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors.

Mayors from across the country will meet at Harvard University Dec. 8-11 for educational and preparatory programs to discuss leadership as well as legislative and policy changes.

Feinen said the conference will provide her with the information and techniques to help improve Champaign.

“It’s about marketing [your] city and creating a city that is welcoming to millennials,” said Feinen. “So I think that’s relevant for this community especially because of the large number of college students here,” she said.

The conference is a space to collaborate and share ideas not just from speakers to attendees but also amongst the mayors, Feinen said.

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“[The conference is an] opportunity to get to know other mayors from cities around the nation, to find out what is going on in those communities and have the opportunity to exchange ideas,” said Feinen.

The new mayors will have the chance to talk with past and present U.S. mayors, academics and policy analysts in workshops about finance, economic development and attracting new and young people to their areas.