Box 18, Folder 22, Document 2

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Box 18, Folder 22, Document 2

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Agenda Paper No. 1
January 27, 1967
The needs of our urban areas have been emphasized with increasing intensity during the past year.
the ills of our cities.
There has been a continuing recitation of
Concern for the cities has been expressed by many
But there has been no molding of such groups to obtain a strong,
unified voice, urging a national commitment to meeting these needs.
groups, civil rights organizations, labor, religious institutions, and representatives of local governments have ex pressed concern individu a lly. They
have not collectively expressed the need for a national commitment to
meeting the problems of the cities.
It is proposed that Urban America serve as a catalyst in bringing
these groups together.
The focal point is, of course, the Mayors, who are
responsible for the administration of America's cities. It is proposed, therefore, that Urban America proceed to hold a series of meetings between representativ es of the component groups of an Urban Alliance and a representative
group from the Ad Hoc Committee of Mayors . These meetings would be for
the purpose of developing an agenda for a national commitment to our cities .
Concurrent with the holding of these preparatory meetings between
the Mayors and each of the pro spective components i n the Alliance , w ill be
the prep aration of specific staff work, includ ing :
a delineation of the magnitude of ur ba n ne eds
a r ecitatio n of th e e xtent to w hich c itie s have
i ncreased e x penditures t o meet th ese n e eds
Agenda Paper No. 1
January 27, 1967
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3 . a description of those administrative and organizational innovations that cities have adopted in order
to meet the increased demand for services
4. a statement on the importance, efficacy, and accomplishments of existing urban programs
5. a preliminary agenda paper outlining the basic·
dement s of:. a nationa l commitmen t .
Urban America proposes that it proceed immediately to the preparation of the staff papers and that it initiate meetings between the Mayor s and
representatives of groups who will compose the Urban Alliance.
Urban America also proposes that another meeting of the Ad Hoc
Committee of Mayors be scheduled in early spring to review the propo s ed
a g e nda for the Urban Allia n ce a nd t o a pprove the next phas e of op eration.

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