June 5-10, 2003

Highlights: Sunday, June 8

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Plenary Session

USCM Vice President Jim Garner opens the plenary session.

George A. Cloutier (center), Chairperson of Partner AmericaTM and Chairman and CEO of American Management Service, Inc., is presented with The USCM Small Business Advocate Award.

Close up of George Cloutier

USCM Trustee, Mayor Dan Malloy of Stamford, and chair of Mayors for Small Business task force speaks about Best Small Business Practices, a publication that helps cities partner with, and foster the growth of, small business.

Duane Meek, President of Nationwide Retirement Solutions.

Session sponsor Oracle, represented by Government Solutions Manager, Phil Healey, addresses Oracle's role in the delivery of secure government solutions as part of a homeland security strategy.

Homeland Security task force chair, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley provides a status report on homeland security as it affects our nation's cities.

President, CEO and Co-Founder of Intrado, George Heinrichs, demonstrates aspects of the IntelliCast Target Notification (Emergency Warning System) and how its systems help dispatch first responders to emergency situations.

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels describes the preparedness simulation exercises involved in the "TOPOFF 2" program.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley describes his city's participation along with the region in the "TOPOFF 2" program.

Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, delivers the keynote address. He is on hand for the lively interactive discussion that follows.

Interactive Discussion

Mayor Scott King of Gary asks about the conditions under which emergency preparedness funds are to be released to cities.

Mayor Patrick Hays of North Little Rock informs those in attendance about the Save a Life program, which stresses basic first-aid instruction to regular citizens.

Mayor Beverly O'Neill of Long Beach urges continued attention to the importance of our nation's ports.

Mayor Carlos Méndez of Aguadilla, PR, notes that homeland security efforts should not overlook places such as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and should seek to prevent "backdoor" access through its borders.

Mayor Tom Pico of Pleasanton suggests that the Department of Homeland Security provide standardized local access programs to inform the citizenry.

Akron Mayor and USCM Advisory Board Chair Don Plusquellic emphasizes the need for reduced bureaucracy in the availability of local homeland security funding.

Mayor Ralph Conner of Maywood states that more coordination is needed to integrate efforts of HHS, hospitals and local communities through programs such as Save a Life.

Mayor Rosemary Ives of Redmond acknowledges the role of local churches in emergencies, and hopes that a risk assessment metric will be established so that allocation of resources can based on criteria in addition to population.

Mayor Michael Kasperzak of Mountain View reminds the audience that the emergency preparedness programs of local Red Cross chapters around the country continue to be valuable resources.

Mayor Doug Echols of Rock Hill hopes that homeland security includes 'hometown security' as well, since smaller towns, villages and cities are often in close proximity to larger population areas and/or important assets.

Mayor Jerry Abramson of Louisville Metro asks how cities can most efficiently partner with the federal government and regional cities to create close interoperability and connectivity among various first responders.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley suggests that specific Homeland Security Dept. officials could meet with mayors and their first responders, perhaps on a weekly basis, to foster better coordination and to adjust to changing security conditions more efficiently.

Beaumont Mayor Evelyn Lord poses a question about hurricane evacuations.

District of North Vancouver Mayor Don Bell hopes that continued emphasis will be given to cooperation in security issues on both sides of the border and that common rather than competing standards be adopted for smart security technology.

Mayor Webb would like the message to be clear: there must be a direct way to getting funds directly from the federal government to the cities in the homeland security effort.

As chair of the International Affairs standing committee, Mayor Webb thanks the international mayors for attending and closes the 2nd International Conference of Mayors session.

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