Press Release


May 4, 1999 -- A delegation of eight U.S. mayors will be traveling to Israel in early May for the 19th Annual Jerusalem Conference of Mayors. Hosted by Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, the May 9-15 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 60 mayors from cities in more than 45 countries in South and Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The theme of this year's conference is "The City of Tomorrow: Urban Trends and Challenges at the Turn of the Millennium."

During the week-long event the mayors are scheduled to meet with Israeli President Ezer Weizman and will be briefed by Mayor Olmert on "The Jerusalem Experience." Plans are now being finalized for a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be in the final week of his re-election campaign. The mayors will also meet with the U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem. Conference sessions will focus on citizen involvement and the multi-cultural experience, municipal privatization, and municipal strategies to address urban trends and challenges employed by the visiting mayors. The mayors will tour both historic and modern sites in the Jerusalem, travel to the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Dead Sea, and will visit an innovative industrial and entrepreneurial center in North Israel.

The U.S. delegation will be chaired by Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini, President of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, and include Mayors Bruce Furness of Fargo (ND), Harvey Johnson of Jackson (MS), Thomas V. Kane of Portland (ME), Dannel P. Malloy of Stamford (CT), Michael D. Morrison of Waco (TX) and Raymond J. Wieczorek of Manchester (NH), and Oakland County (MI) Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

CONTACT: Katie Cullen at 202.293.7330.