Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Board Chooses Boston for 2000 Congress of Cities

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Board Chooses Boston for 2000 Congress of Cities

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The NLC Board of Directors has selected Boston as the site for the 2000 Congress of Cities. The dates for the conference are Wednesday, December 6 through Saturday, December 9.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino, a member of the NLC Board, presented the city's bid to the Board at its July meeting in Atlanta, and pledged the full support of his administration, the city council, and the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Convention and Visitors Bureau President Patrick B. Moscaritolo joined Menino at the Board meeting and described some the changes in the city since the 1988 conference.

Menino reminded the Board that the 1988 Congress of Cities in Boston still holds the record for the highest attendance with nearly 4,600 paid delegates.

"It would be our honor to host NLC again in the year 2000," Menino said. Both the Boston City Council and the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Municipal Association joined in supporting the bid.

Since NLC visited Boston in 1988, the city has expanded the John B. Hynes Convention Center and created glass walkways to the surrounding downtown hotels. More than 60 percent of the 5,000 hotel rooms provided in the bid are within three blocks of the convention center. The other hotels are located less than a mile from the convention center.

Boston joins Phoenix (1995), San Antonio (1996), Philadelphia (1997), Kansas City (1998), and Los Angeles (1999) as confirmed sites for upcoming annual conferences.

In other business last week, the Board adopted the proposed FY 1996 NLC operating budget which provides an $11 million spending plan for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 1995. …

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