Washington, D.C. – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is meeting with several hundred colleagues in Washington this week at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Economic development and homeland security are at the top of the group's agenda.
Slay says cities need federal help to upgrade transportation infrastructure, which will create jobs.
The mayor says the financial details of the group's proposal haven't yet been worked out, but he wants Congress to make it a front-burner issue when developing a national economic plan.
President Bush is expected to meet with the mayors Friday.