City of Pensacola Mayor D.C. Reeves, City of Gainesville Mayor Harvey Ward Jr. and City of St. Petersburg Mayor Kenneth Welch were among eight U.S. mayors selected recently to participate in the 78th National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD).

The MICD National Session discusses critical design challenges in municipal projects and allows mayors to present an in-depth case study for peer and expert review. The event is an opportunity for mayors to engage with design leaders and each other to find solutions to their cities’ most crucial planning and design needs.

Earlier this year, Reeves also participated in the Just City Mayoral Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts with the United States Conference of Mayors. The initiative strives to educate mayors on city design and connect them with thought leaders providing collaborative assistance to municipal challenges. For more information about the MICD Institute Sessions, visit