African American Mayors Host Policy and Technology Leaders

Published on October 16, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA Last week, the African American Mayors Association (AAMA), in partnership with Comcast, Verizon, HCA Healthcare and Cisco, convened state and city policy leaders from around the country, as well as those at the forefront of the technology industry, for a conversation about the impacts and opportunities of automation, smart cities and how our cities can prepare citizens to fully participate in the innovation economy.

AAMA President and Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis welcomed dozens of mayors, which included mayors and city government officials from Miami Gardens, FL; Columbia, SC; and Buffalo, NY; as well as tech entrepreneurs from Comcast; Empowrd Apps LLC: Atlanta Tech Village; Digital Citizens Alliance. During the welcome reception, Mayor Davis presented Reverend Jesse Jackson with the AAMA President’s Trailblazer Award for his outstanding contributions in calling attention to the importance of diversity in tech.

“Black mayors can and should lead the conversation on the demand for Smart Cities and programs that educate and engage marginalized populations,” said Davis. “We can create innovative and inclusive solutions to resolve the challenges our communities face. I believe that everyone at this week’s Summit is prepared to take the next step towards a future that provides the right educational resources to create economic security for every American worker.”

Cities continue to be innovative hubs of economic growth and mayors are at the forefront of using technology to support smart cities infrastructure. Mayors discussed cybersecurity, and what the future of work looks like for Black and Latino workers nationwide.