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December 07, 2015

Jim Kenney goes to mayor-elect camp

Philly's incoming leader will spend three days at a Harvard Institute of Politics conference later this week

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Kenney goes to Harvard Photoshop by Brian Hickey/PhillyVoice

No, Jim Kenney wasn't in 'Good Will Hunting,' but it was based at Harvard University where he'll attend a mayor-elect conference from Wednesday through Friday.

Philadelphia Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney will head to Cambridge, Mass. on Wednesday to join peers from across the country at the Harvard Institute of Politics’ Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors. 

Kenney plans a three-day stop at the conference which, held every two years, is billed as “the country's preeminent ‎educational and preparatory program for new U.S. mayors at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.”

Since its inception in 1975, hundreds of current and former mayors (primarily from cities with populations of more than 75,000) have attended the gathering at which current Mayor Michael Nutter served as a speaker.

"This conference presents a unique opportunity to hear directly from our nation's top experts and other mayors on their experiences,” said Kenney in a release announcing his trip, which comes after visits to Pittsburgh, Boston and New York City during the transition process. “I am honored to be included in a valuable tradition which has brought together new mayors and urban policy experts for more than four decades.”

Topics to be covered include infrastructure, policing, crisis-time communications, economic development and attracting millennials to cities.

PhillyVoice will chat with Kenney about the trip on Tuesday before he heads off, so check back for more.