Thad Hellman, Director State and Local Government Affairs at Target, was a featured speaker at the 83rd annual Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Washington, D.C., January 21-23. Nearly 300 mayors from cities across America, as well as business and thought leaders, gathered to discuss and learn about issues of importance to America’s cities.
Thad addressed a large plenary session focused on community policing and shared Target’s public safety partnerships and initiatives. He spoke about Target's commitment to building strong, safe communities and how it extends from community events like Heroes & Helpers and National Night Out, to being a convener for stakeholders to share ideas and resources through public-private partnerships. Target’s approach is to make public safety partnerships a national priority, while focusing on individualized community programs and relationships. “Getting the message out to this audience about what Target does to partner with law enforcement didn’t only provide awareness to the nation’s mayors, but also challenged other businesses to ensure they were being active participants in keeping their communities safe,” Thad said. Learn more about Target's public safety partnerships here.
The mayors spend their time at the conference learning best practices and innovative approaches on issues they can take back to their communities. Presenters are a balance of mayors, subject matter experts, and business and community leaders engaging on a broad variety of topics. “Engaging with the USCM is a unique opportunity for Target to build relationships with mayors from all over the country who are collaborating together to innovate and improve their cities,” Thad said. While in Washington, DC, the mayors also work with Congress and the Administration on several key priorities. These include reauthorization of the surface transportation law, enactment of the Marketplace Fairness Act, passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, and continued flexibility in meeting Clean Water Act mandates.
Thad Hellman addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., on January 22.