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Mayor Ramsey invited to the Women Mayors Conference in Washington D.C.

Oct 22, 2018 01:34PM ● By Jana Klopsch

Several Women mayors from around the country were in attendance (Mayor Dawn Ramsey courtesy)

By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com 

South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey was invited to the White House to visit with Vice President Mike Pence, his wife, members of the cabinet and several senior policy advisers as part of the Women Mayors of America White House Conference. 

Ramsey was one of six mayors from Utah invited by the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to participate in discussions concerning issues that affect their cities and others across the country.

The overall conference was attended by 98 mayors from 27 states. The discussions ranged from each cities' issues regarding topics such as the opioid crisis, housing costs, employment, federal redevelopment programs, education, CDBG funds, disaster assistance, job skills and the increased need for technology training. 

The mayor also met with Sen. Orrin Hatch to discuss South Jordan and specific projects their city is working on. 

Ramsey said Hatch committed his full support and expressed how grateful and impressed he is with how well things are being done in South Jordan. 

The mayors spent Thursday touring the White House and hearing from Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other key administrators.  

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs works with state and local officials to help build and maintain relationships and bridge any gaps between the White House and state, county, city and tribal governments. 

Other mayors invited from Utah were Jenney Rees of Cedar Hills, Emily Niehaus of Moab, Julie Fullmer of Vineyard, Maile Wilson-Edwards of Cedar City and Ann Leppanen of Bluff.