Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

2007 Congress of Cities to Be Held in New Orleans

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

2007 Congress of Cities to Be Held in New Orleans

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The City of New Orleans will host the 2007 Congress of Cities.

The NLC Board of Directors last week selected New Orleans for the 2007 conference after Mayor Ray Nagin said his city is "fully committed to doing everything in our power to ensure a successful conference."

New Orleans last hosted the Congress of Cities in 1992--and drew the third highest total delegate attendance in the past 15 years and the highest spouse-guest attendance of any conference on record.

Nagin told the Board that every convention that has been held in New Orleans in recent years has reported record attendance.

The conference will be held November 13-17, 2007.

In other business during its annual summer meeting in Washington, D.C., the Board adopted an $18.5 million budget for the fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2005, discussed strategies for increasing NLC membership and broadening engagement by city officials from member cities and reviewed a prototype for National City Network--the new multi-media resource being spearheaded by NLC President Anthony A. Williams, mayor of Washington, D.C.

The prototype demonstrated the city knowledge center and a Web television component. Based on feedback from the Board, the network team will continue to pursue development of the portal and funding to sustain it over the long-term.

Joining the NLC Board for the three-day meeting were the leaders of nearly all of NLC's standing committees and constituency groups.

The leaders participated in all Board discussions and met separately over lunch to discuss continued opportunities to work together on shared agendas. …

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