Mayors Matter: Deepening the Generational Compact in Communities

According to the most recent census data, the United States is home to roughly 117 million adults over the age of 50. As America ages, our communities will grow older, as well, and the growing population of older adults is poised to live longer than past generations and is more diverse than ever as it relates to race, gender and economic status. As this demographic shift is underway, older adults want similar features in their communities as younger generations and leaders are recognizing that a community that is great for an older adult is great for people of all ages. Older adults also remain engaged at the local level and are poised to play a critical role in the 2020 elections. 

How can we, as a society, shift the narrative and underscore the important role this demographic plays in the overall success of communities across the country? How are mayors – and leaders across all levels of government – engaging older adults and ensuring their voices are heard, to build communities that work for everyone? How can society as a whole work to strengthen the bonds across generations and harness the opportunities and benefits that 50+ Americans offer to their communities? 

The Hill hosted a town hall event with mayors, older Americans and community leaders for an inclusive, free-flowing discussion that highlighted the contributions of older adults and underscored the importance of intergenerational bonds to our future success as a nation.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

The St. Regis Hotel | The Jackson Room
923 16th and K Streets NW
Washington, DC 20006


  • Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor, Rochester Hills, Michigan & President, US Conference of Mayors
  • Jenny Durkan, Mayor, Seattle, Washington
  • Quinton Lucas, Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Michelle De La Isla, Mayor, Topeka, Kansas
  • Betsy Price, Mayor, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Francis X. Suarez, Mayor, Miami, Florida 
  • Michael Adams, CEO, SAGE
  • Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson, President, National Association of Counties 
  • Joe Buscaino, President, National League of Cities and Councilmember, LA, California
  • Karen Freeman-Wilson, President & CEO, Chicago Urban League 


  • Kathleen Koch, Author and Journalist
  • Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill
  • Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill
  • Julia Manchester, Staff Writer, The Hill

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