Mayor Matson named global leader

Davenport Mayor Mike Matson is among a bipartisan group of 61 mayors from across the nation to be recognized as “leading voices of how America’s global leadership strengthens our communities.”

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) announced the Davenport leader’s 2021 Global Statesman Award in a new release. The mayors were saluted at a reception Tuesday along with Antonio Guterress, United Nations secretary-general; members of the U.S. Sen. Jean Shaheen, D-N.H.; U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., and the late U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell.

“USGLC is proud to honor Mayor Matson because he has been an influential advocate for strengthening American global leadership to support our communities here at home,” Liz Schrayer, president and CEO of the organization, said in a statement. “Let’s face it, mayors across the country are on the frontlines every day, addressing global issues that are now kitchen table issues — from the pandemic to our economy — that matter to their constituents.”

Ms. Schrayer also said Mayor Matson and other mayors who were honored Tuesday “are stepping up, knowing that diplomacy and development are essential to the health, safety and economic interests of every American family.”

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