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71st Winter Meeting to Focus on Economic Security/Homeland Security
January 22-24, Washington, DC

By Ed Somers
January 13, 2003



Senator Norm Coleman (MN)

Loews Hotel CEO Jonathan Tisch

Amtrak CEO David Gunn

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka

Transportation Security Administration head Admiral James Loy
On January 22-24 in Washington, DC, the 71st Winter Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors will bring together over 300 mayors, business leaders, top federal officials and the media. Under the leadership of Conference President Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, the meeting will focus on key issues related to both Economic Security and Homeland Security. The Conference of Mayors will bring forward an economic investment agenda, and continue to push for direct homeland security/first responder resources for cities.

The agenda will cover many issues including economic investment and stimulus, homeland security funding, housing investment, international relations, public schools, transportation investment and security, public-private partnerships, gang crime, chronic diseases, after-school programs, the arts, and other important topics.

Many top speaker have been already confirmed including Senator Norm Coleman (MN), Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, U.S. Small Business Administrator Hector Barreto, Senator Edward Kennedy (MA), Saudi Ambassador to the United States His Royal Highness Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Transportation Security Administration head Admiral James Loy, Amtrak CEO David Gunn, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka, Broad Foundation Founder Eli Broad, Loews Hotel CEO Jonathan Tisch, and many others.

The Conference is awaiting confirmation of a meeting with President Bush, and has also invited Homeland Security Secretary-Designate Tom Ridge.

Many important standing committee, task force, workshop and other special meetings will be held over the course of the three days.

On Thursday, the Women Mayors will meet and then have a special reception in honor of their 25-year anniversary.

Mayors who have not yet registered and wish to do so should contact Carol Edwards with the Conference staff at (202) 293-7330.