IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2002

"Mayor of Truckville" Arrives in Oklahoma City
U.S. Conference of Mayors Presents City with an All-New 2002 Dodge Ram Truck and the Key to "Truckville"

Auburn Hills, MI -- The "Mayor of Truckville" will arrive in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 when the U.S. Conference of Mayors presents the city with a brand, new 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, courtesy of the Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler AG.


J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Fred Hoffman, Director of State Relations at DaimlerChrysler Present Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys with an All-New 2002 Dodge Ram Truck and the Key to “Truckville” outside City Hall.
Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys will accept the truck on behalf of the city, as well as the official key to the city of "Truckville" during a news conference to take place at 1:00 p.m. on the west plaza of City Hall, located at 200 North Walker.

"The U.S. Conference of Mayors is pleased to partner with DaimlerChrysler to provide the lease for this Dodge Ram pickup truck for Oklahoma City," said J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, who will present the vehicle to Mayor Humphreys. "Every additional resource is helpful, especially during these difficult economic times when budgets are tight and cities are pinched."

Last June, the U.S. Conference of Mayors conducted a free drawing to award two cities with a two-year lease of the "Mayor of Truckville" Dodge Ram truck during its 70th Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin. All cities represented by registered mayors were eligible to win but, in the end, two cities emerged as winners-Atlanta and Oklahoma City. Mayor Humphreys already has earmarked the truck for use by the city's Parks and Recreation Department in its operation and maintenance of the Bricktown Canal and N. Canadian River Lakes projects.

"I want to thank the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Chrysler for providing this great truck," said Mayor Humphreys. "We are extremely proud of our visionary downtown redevelopment. The Parks Department will appreciate having a brand new truck to use for this phase of the ambitious River development project."

The one-and-a quarter-mile long Bricktown Canal operation includes maintenance of the waterway, landscaping, and operation of all of the mechanical features, including the waterfalls, fountains, elevators, and lighting.

The N. Canadian River Lakes project, which is nearly completed, includes maintenance of restrooms, fountains, multi-purpose trails, as well as extensive landscaping along both sides of the seven-mile riverfront. Several notable public art pieces will also be located at various locations along both projects which are rapidly becoming among the most significant tourist and development attractions in Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma.

The Dodge Ram pickup truck is called the "Mayor of Truckville" because of its leadership and innovation among truck brands. "Truckville" represents the U.S. truck-buying market, where the Dodge Ram is steadily gaining share. To date, Dodge Ram sales have increased nearly 30 percent during this calendar year alone. "The Dodge 'Mayor of Truckville' campaign is inspired by the critical role mayors play in their cities," said Frank Fountain, Chrysler Group Senior Vice President-Government Affairs. "We feel our Mayor, the Dodge Ram pickup truck, can also play a critical role in filling the growing transportation needs of city departments. City officials will be able to experience firsthand the versatility and possible alternative uses of the Dodge Ram. This truck would be a great asset to any city fleet."

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today. DaimlerChrysler is a longstanding supporter of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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