IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2001

Conference President Coles to Lead U. S. Delegation to International Mayors Conference in Jerusalem

Conference President and Boise Mayor H. Brent Coles will lead a delegation of eight U.S. Mayors to Israel March 24 for the 21st Annual Jerusalem Conference of Mayors. Hosted by Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, the March 25-31 event is sponsored in the U.S. by the American Jewish Congress, which covers the costs of the Mayors’ participation, and The U.S. Conference of Mayors.

In Jerusalem, the U.S. delegation will be joined by approximately 45 Mayors from cities in more than 30 countries in South and Central America, Europe and Africa. The theme of this year’s conference is "Excavating the Future: Tradition and Technology in the City."

During the weeklong event the Mayors are scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, President Moshe Katsav and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and will participate in several sessions in which Mayor Olmert will discuss current issues affecting Jerusalem. The Mayors will also meet with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk.

Conference sessions will focus on a variety of municipal issues in Israel and the visiting Mayors will have several opportunities to discuss their cities and the strategies they employ to address local problems. Included in the conference is a visit to a science-based industry campus in Jerusalem, which houses many high tech companies. The Mayors will tour both historic and modern sites in Jerusalem, and travel to the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Dead Sea.

In addition to Mayor Coles, the delegation will include Conference Vice President and New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial; Alameda, CA Mayor Ralph Appezzato; Augusta, GA Mayor Bob Young; Colorado Springs, CO Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace; Louisville, KY Mayor David Armstrong; Santa Clara, CA Mayor Judy Nadler; and Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell.

CONTACT: Crystal Swann or Jubi Headley, (202) 293-7330

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

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