Mayor Shannon Kohl represented the State of Indiana at the Women Mayors of America Conference in Washington, D.C. this week.
The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Accelerated Indiana Municipalities (AIM) invited Mayor Kohl to participate in discussions with key administration officials and policymakers on shared priorities on Thursday, September 20.
As one of two mayors from Indiana attending, she represented the Hoosier State, as well as the City of Martinsville. She was joined by Mayor Shawna Girgis from Bedford.
“I was honored to be invited to such a forward-thinking event and enjoyed meeting with other female leaders from all over our country,” Mayor Kohl said. “This was the perfect opportunity to collaborate on ideas and issues we’re seeing in our communities.”
Throughout the conference, breakout sessions included conversation on key issues impacting cities and localities, a topic frequently discussed by Mayor Kohl, such as the I-69 project making its way through Martinsville.
“The biggest takeaway for me was the workforce development message, which was discussed in almost every session,” Mayor Kohl said. “Right now, in our country, we have an excess in jobs, but not enough employees to fill them. We came together and brainstormed ways we can tackle that issue.”
Other topics of discussion included easing the burden for military spouses, education and other options beyond a college degree, and the opioid crisis.
Notable leaders in attendance included Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVoss. and White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway.
The Women Mayors of America Conference was held September 20 at the Eisenhower Executive Offices in Washington, D.C., with 50+ women mayors from across the country in attendance.
For questions or interview requests, contact Mayor Kohl at 342-2861.