The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of large cities that promotes urban policy on issues such as housing, transportation, and law enforcement. The Conference also seeks to develop intercity relationships, ensure that federal policies meet urban needs, and provide mayors the tools to lead their cities more effectively. During its annual meetings, mayors from across the nation collaborate to create and adopt policy positions that collectively represent the views of America's mayors -- and influence decisions by Congress and the President. Founded in 1932, during the wake of the Great Depression, the Conference has set the landscape for urban policy and has shaped important legislation; it helped increase federal revenue-sharing and block grants in the 1970s, and it tailored the Recovery Act of 2009 ("stimulus bill") to include thousands of urban infrastructure projects. As representatives and leaders of the nation's populous cities, delegates will be tasked to grapple with post-Recession realities from economic inequality to urban blight during one of the most politically polarized eras in recent American history -- especially regarding today's federal-city relations.