Last Friday, over 200 young mayors, state legislators, city councilmembers, school board members and other elected officials from across the country were welcomed to the White House to attend a policy briefing with senior Administration officials and a reception where President Obama stopped by.
Briefing attendees received updates and information on an array of Administration policies and initiatives affecting states and municipalities including job creation, the economy, clean energy, housing, urban development, and innovative strategies for leveraging technology. The young elected officials (YEOs) were enthusiastic about the briefings and provided perspectives from their communities for the Administration officials.
Here is what some of the YEOs tweeted about the day’s events:
Proud that our President and his administration sees the value of keeping young electeds informed and involved. I'm at the WH! #AtTheWH – Mayor Heather McTeer, Greenville MS
"The reason why we run for office is not to be somebody, but to do something." -President Obama #AtTheWH – Portland School Committee Member Jenna Vendil
Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer at the White House, just shared amazing innovation #AtTheWH – Arizona State Senator Kyrsten Sinema
USHUD Secretary Shaun Donovan committed to going beyond housing programs to having a comprehensive agenda for our cities #AtTheWH – Mayor Dayne Walling, Flint MI
Dep Director of White House Ofc of Intergovtl Affairs intro #AtTheWH: "It's local & state elected officials who are making America better" – Massachusetts State Representative Jamie Eldridge