Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 29, 1999

Tony lallonardo
Phone: 202-293-7330

Conference V.P. to Address Methamphetamine National Town Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC -- Boise Mayor Brent Coles, the Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will participate in a National Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Methamphetamine Interagency Task Force in Washington, DC next week. Mayor Coles has been invited to speak to participants about the impact of methamphetamine use on local communities and to participate in roundtable discussions about what strategies the federal government might use to address the increasing problem nationwide with methamphetamine use and manufacture.

In addition to serving as the Vice President of the Conference, Coles is co-chair of the Conference's Drug Policy Task Force. Coles, in cooperation with Conference President and Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb, will host a national conference on local government's response to the methamphetamines crisis in Washington on January 26, 2000.

The Methamphetamine Interagency Task Force is chaired by Attorney General Janet Reno and National Drug Control Policy Director Barry McCaffrey, who will also speak at the National Town Hall Meeting. The task force was created under the Methamphetamine Control Act to respond to the threat methamphetamines pose to public health and public safety.

The National Town Hall Meeting will be held on November 30 and December 1 at the Reagan International Trade Center in Washington. Mayor Coles' keynote luncheon speech, which is open to the press, is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on November 30.

The U. S. 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.