WHEREAS, The United States Conference of Mayors has worked with the World Association of the Major Metropolises, known as Metropolis, headed by Barcelona Mayor Joan Clos, over the past five years; and

WHEREAS, Metropolis supported the Second International Summit of the Conference of Mayors at it Annual Meeting in Denver in June 2003, with the presence and address to the mayors of Mayor Clos, Secretary General Roig, and others; and

WHEREAS, Conference President Donald L. Plusquellic delivered an address to the Opening Session of the Eighth World Congress of Metropolis in Berlin on May 12, 2005, and Conference Vice President Long Beach Mayor Beverly OíNeill participated in the Metropolis Commission on Urban Mobility in Istanbul in 2003; and

WHEREAS, on May 14, 2005, at the Eighth World Congress of Metropolis in Berlin, President Plusquellic and Executive Director Tom Cochran signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Metropolis and the Conference, co-signed by Metropolis President Barcelona Joan Clos and Secretary General Josep Roig, and

WHEREAS, this Memorandum of Understanding establishes a framework of cooperation and partnership in which both organizations

  • Agree to send a mayoral representative to the otherís statutory meetings at no cost to the organization;
  • Recognize that the exchange of best practices in urban management, mayor-to-mayor, is central to urban development and innovation;
  • Agree to work to enhance their programs within their existing meeting structure and agendas; Understand that the Memorandum of Understanding does not engage the parties to any financial obligation; and
  • Commit to a three-year period of cooperation, which can be extended if mutually acceptable to both organizations,

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors expresses its commitment to this new partnership and looks forward to working with Metropolis to realize a better quality of life for mayors and their citizens in national, regional, and international forums.

  • ©2005 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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