Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is in the Netherlands for the weekend representing U.S. mayors at a conference for more than 70 mayors across the world.
Benjamin left Thursday for the Global Parliament of Mayors in The Hague, his office announced Friday morning. He will be there through Sunday representing the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which Benjamin is second vice chairman, according to a statement from City Hall.
“I’m looking forward to soaking up as much as I can to bring back to Columbia as well as to sharing with them the great work we’ve done in our city,” Benjamin wrote.
Besides the mayors, executives of more than 50 urban networks are scheduled to attend the meeting in Holland.
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Also representing the Conference of Mayors are the mayors of Oklahoma City and Dayton, Ohio. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is leading the contingent of U.S. mayors.
On Sunday, Benjamin is to lead a session on “urban resilience,” his office said.
The trip is being paid for by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and no city money is involved, Benjamin spokeswoman Lauren Harper said.