Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress of Cities Has Largest Number of International Programs, Delegates

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress of Cities Has Largest Number of International Programs, Delegates

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In a trend that reflects NLC's growing reputation and extensive network among local governments outside the United Stales, the 2004 Congress of Cities welcomed more delegates, speakers, scholars and observers from abroad than has previously been recorded.

Large delegations of local officials from China and France were complemented by mayors from Morocco and Gabon, municipal staff from Germany, policy experts from Canada, and municipal association executives from Russia, Korea and Japan.

The French and West African officials were either participants in or observers at a half-day seminar on the topic of managing vital municipal services. This seminar was the second such program between the United States and France during 2004.

Representing NLC were Immediate Past President Charles Lyons, selectman, Arlington, Mass., Second Vice President Bart Peterson, mayor of Indianapolis, Ron Loveridge, mayor of Riverside, Calif., Joe Moore, alderman, Chicago, III., Melody Cooper, councilmember, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Dottie Reeder, mayor, Seminole, Fla.

Private and not-for-profit sector executives from both France and the United States shared the forum with the government leaders.

Municipal officials from China have become regular guests at the Congress of Cities. They are working toward the goal of expanding their contacts in the United States and learning about best practices. In the last 14 months, both NLC President Anthony A. Williams, mayor of Washington, D.C., and Lyons have visited China on commercial, educational and cultural missions, and have been hosted by city leaders in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere. …

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