Kip Holden heads to D.C. for mayors conference

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden speaks at the Renaissance Hotel, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, making a his annual state-of-the-parish address to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden speaks at the Renaissance Hotel, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, making a his annual state-of-the-parish address to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club.

Mayor-President Kip Holden is heading to Washington, D.C., this week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting.

The event, which will draw more than 280 mayors from across the country to D.C.’s Capital Hilton, will include meetings with congressional leaders and officials in the Obama administration, according to a news release.

The event runs Wednesday through Friday and will feature discussions on technology innovations for cities, workforce development and efforts to curb crime.

Holden is scheduled to take part in a Food Policy Task Force discussion Friday morning with a presentation on “Healthy Baton Rouge: Making Healthy Food Accessible.”

Healthy Baton Rouge was launched five years ago as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Healthy Cities Initiative. The program aims to increase access to healthy food and urge Baton Rouge residents to live active lifestyles.

Other Louisiana mayors attending this week’s meeting include Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, Simmesport Mayor Eric Rusk and Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, according to information from the organization.

Members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet who are scheduled to participate include Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.