Get Ready for NLC's 'Cities in Action.' (National League of Cities)(includes Related Conference and Registration Information)

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NLC members should be on the lookout for the latest information about the Congress of Cities and Exposition, scheduled December 2-5 in Orlando, Fla.

The first of two promotional brochures for NLC's annual meeting was mailed mid-July and have taken only three weeks for delivery. However, NCL has received numerous calls from members around the country who are on our mailing list but have not yet received this brochure. NLC is working with the U.S. Postal Service to determine the cause of this excessively slow delivery and regrets any inconvenience members are experiencing.

The brochure has been reproduced in this special supplement to Nation's Cities Weekly. If more than one person from your city would like to attend, please photocopy the form for each individual and mail or fax the form to:

NLC Conference Registration Center

P. 0. Box 17413

Dulles International Airport

Washington, D.C. 20041

FAX: 703/318-8833

This year's conference is focusing on "Cities In Action, Working Together," and promises to attract a record crowd of local elected officials, for policy making, practical skill-building seminars and informative workshops.

And, as usual, the largest annual gathering of local elected officials will feature notable national speakers discussing many of the least topics of interest to America's local elected leadership.

Attention Newcomers

The Congress of Cities can be a very confusing experience if you have never before attended. A special orientation session has been designed to introduce you to the National League of Cities, and the Congress of Cities. This session will be held on Thursday, December 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Convention Center.

Once you fill out the "Attendee Profile" on the Housing and Registration form, you will receive more detailed information about NLC and the format of the conference program.

Host City Mobile Workshops

The City of Orlando invites you to experience some of the innovative approaches used to solve challenges by attending mobile workshops that will be conducted on Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3. The tours are described below. Please indicate your area(s) of interest on the "Housing and Registration" form to assist the City of Orlando and the National League of Cities staff in designing and presenting these workshops.

Community Oriented Policing: A presentation on Orlando's efforts including an overview of the training given to officers, a review of the mounted patrol and bicycle patrol and the downtown patrol.

Housing for the Homeless: How Orlando has dealt with its transient and homeless problem through a privately operated publicly assisted program.

Recreational Center Computer Learning Labs: Learn how Orlando will help inner city youths learn about computers and how they can enhance their lives.

Downtown Orlando Facilities Tour: Tour Orlando's state-of-the-art Arena and City Hall.

LYNX-Orlando's Transit System: Learn about innovative programs enhancing transit use, including painted buses, downtown free bus service, and other ways of making transportation exciting.

Minority Business Development Program: Learn how Orlando has put into place a program to help minority businesses grow.

Take "Great Ideas" Back Home

In these difficult economic times for cities and towns, why should you attend the Congress of Cities? It is often difficult to justify to your voters; it is even more difficult to defend in the press. But, attending the Congress of Cities simply makes good sense. The opportunity to learn, share and exchange great ideas with your colleagues at the conference helps bring professionalism to local government. …