DALLAS-- The City of Dallas is hosting the U.S. Conference of Mayors for the first time since 1966. It will be a weekend full of meetings and workshops with a focus on five areas of economic growth.

At a news conference held at the downtown Omni Hotel, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings introduced USMC President Kevin Johnson, who set the agenda for the weekend. Johnson is the current mayor of Sacramento.

'One of the things that will take place in Dallas,' Johnson said. 'Is that we will talk about innovation. We want to share best practices. We want to beg, we want to borrow and we want to replicate what other mayors are doing in our cities.'

The mayors will talk about topics ranging from transportation to housing and the minimum wage. They will also discuss climate change, reducing pollution and improving education.

Prior to the beginning of the conference Mayor Rawlings welcomed the country's mayors to Dallas with a party held on the Continental Avenue Bridge.

Rawlings said it's an example of a public-private partnership in the Trinity River Corridor that is enhancing the quality of life in Dallas.

'When I look at that skyline and I look at the sunrise, I think about decades of people working together to make this a reality,' Rawlings said. 'It's a beautiful thing, symbolic of this city. It's symbolic of the growth and rejuvenation we see in this city.'

USMC also released its annual economic report. It shows that by 2016, nearly three quarters of all metro areas will have unemployment rates below 6 percent.

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