The World Conference of Mayors, Inc.
Honorable Darryl Johnson, Former Mayor, Mound Bayou, MS; Honorable Ed Jones, WCM President, Mayor, Grambling, LA, ; Honorable Johnny Ford, WCM Founder, Former Mayor Tuskegee, AL; Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor, Detroit, Michigan; Honorable Jack Sims, Mayor, District Heights, MD; Honorable Jimmie Gardner, Mayor, Prichard, AL; Honorable Samuel Ings, City Commissioner, Orlando, FL; Honorable Douglas George, Consul General of Canada; Honorable Fletcher Fountain, Mayor of Fort Deposit, AL; Her Excellency Arikana Chihombori Quao MD, Ambassador of The African Union to the United States of America; Honorable Willie Calhoun, Former Commissioner, District Heights, MD
The World Conference of Mayors, Inc. (WCM) convened its 33rd Annual Conference, "Sustaining Economic Growth and Development in 21st Century Cities", October 23- 27, 2017, in Detroit, Michigan, at the MGM Grand Casino/Hotel, and at Detroit City Hall. Hosted by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, in conjunction with The Reverend Jim Holley, Pastor of the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, Chair, of the WCM Detroit 2017 Host Committee, this historic conference was attended by over 200 participants. These participants included mayors, city council persons, county officials, other elected and appointed officials, and business persons, from across the United States, as well as presenters who are leaders in the fields of medicine, law, technology, trade, tourism, and politics. International participants included Her Excellency Arikanana Chihombori Quao MD, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, African Union Mission to the USA; The Honorable Douglas George, Consul General of Canada; The Honorable Mitsuhiro WADA, Consul General of Japan; The Honorable Michael Thompson, President, City Council, Toronto Canada, and The Honorable Calvin Ho, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Chicago, Illinois.
It is significant that the WCM accepted African Union Ambassador Quao's offer to partner and work together to "build bridges" between Africa and the peoples of the African Diaspora who live, work, and make great, the cities of the world.