Press Release

May 26, 2000

Tony Iallonardo
(202) 861-6772

E-Commerce and the Digital Divide Focus of National Forum in New Mexico

Albuquerque —The United States Conference of Mayors and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce will host a National Economic Development Forum to be held Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico May 30 - June 1, 2000. The theme of the Forum is E-Commerce and the Digital Divide: Meeting the Challenge.

Attendees will attend workshops covering vexing technology questions, such as: Technical Infrastructure, Community Strategy, Entrepreneurial Developments and New Markets. The workshops will cover strategies which address telecommunications, the digital divide, e-commerce and technology-led economic development and how it, or the lack of it, impacts communities. Also, during the meeting, EDA will highlight the Best Practices of Economic Development and honor the first recipients of EDA's National Excellence in Economic Development Awards.

Registered participants attending include economic development specialists, planners, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations as well as a number of high profile public and private sector speakers and presenters.

In announcing the Conference's participation in the EDA forum, Conference Executive Director J. Thomas Cochran said, "I believe there are few issues more deserving of national debate and consideration than this one. The rapid pace of technological expansion we are experiencing certainly has brought us many wonderful opportunities, but it is putting a strain on individuals, as well as religious, cultural and governmental institutions who cannot keep pace. I am pleased to join EDA in hosting this forum."

A full agenda, and other information on the forum can be found on the Internet at:

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.