IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2002

Five Mayors To Discuss How Cities Have Improved Security Since 9/11
Mayors of Baltimore, Akron, Reno, Laredo and Gary to Hold Press Club Forum Monday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.

Washington, DC -- Five mayors from across the nation will discuss how cities have improved security in the year since September 11, in a National Press Club forum on Monday, September 9, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in the Murrow Room.

The forum, organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will feature Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, Reno Mayor Jeff Griffin, Laredo Mayor Betty Flores, and Gary (Ind.) Mayor Scott King. Mayors O'Malley, Griffin, and King co-chair the Conference's Task Force on Federal-Local Law Enforcement issues. As co-chair of the Conference's Task Force on Cities and Borders, Mayor Flores has led mayors' efforts to enhance border security. Mayor Plusquellic chairs the Conference's Advisory Board.

WHAT:
U.S. Conference of Mayors' Forum: Cities One Year After 9/11

WHO:
Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic
Reno Mayor Jeff Griffin
Laredo Mayor Betty Flores
Gary (Ind.) Mayor Scott King
Conference Executive Director J. Thomas Cochran

WHERE:
National Press Club - Murrow Room
529 14th Street, NW -- Washington, DC

WHEN:
Monday, September 9, 2002 -- 10:00 a.m.

Since September 11, mayors have significantly enhanced local security and improved emergency preparedness and response capabilities. They have worked together to lobby successfully for federalization of airport security screening; urge consolidation of federal homeland security efforts; and gain support for federal assistance for local homeland security efforts and first responders. Mayors continue to seek distribution of funds directly to cities.

Conference surveys on cities' security spending and mayors' security concerns, as well as a 300-city database of city plans for 9/11 commemoration activities are available online at usmayors.org, as is the "National Action Plan for Safety and Security in America's Cities," endorsed by mayors at a special Security Summit in October, 2001.

Contact:
Andy Solomon (202) 861-6766

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