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Congress of Cities will feature Cisneros, Hunter-Gault, Ornstein.

Insightful, nationally known keynote speakers and a creative package of programs that redefine the traditional conference format await local elected officials attending the 1992 Congress of Cities 'and Exposition. Former NLC President Henry Cisneros, McNeil/Lehrer correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and scholar Norman Ornstein will serve as moderators for plenary sessions at the conference. These sessions will take place in a lively "talk-show" which stresses audience involvment.

Government, business and international economy author Robert B. Reich will lead the headliner list of keynote presentations at the Opening General Session Sunday morning, November 29. Reich, a professor at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, recently authored "The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism."

The 69th annual meeting revolves around the thematic use of avenues and bridges--also called the ABC's of great ideas--to build better communities. At the conference, avenues and bridges take the place of traditional workshops and seminars, and go beyond providing mobility for people and products in our dries and towns by connecting differing viewpoints and building understanding in our communities.

Three plenary sessions have been designed for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, to focus on the avenues and bridges concept of local government. All three sessions will be conducted in talkshow format, encouraging interaction with the audience.

On Sunday afternoon, the Governance and Management Avenue will be moderated by Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for public Policy Research. Ornstein and his panel will address the issues of the responsibilities of community leadership for setting policy, and managing service delivery through leadership skill development, improved budget management, increased citizen involvement and resource pooling.

The Resources and Relations Avenue on Monday morning will focus on human services programs and the subsequent delivery mechanisms, diversity education, race relations, cities' roles in education, hate crimes, and gang problems. MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour correspondent, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, will lead this plenary session in a discussion of these difficult issues.

And finally tuesday morning, the Avenue of Development and Design will emphasize enhancing leadership skills that can be applied to building or strengthening a community's economic base, its aesthetic character, its present identity and its vision for the future. Former San Antonio, Texas mayor and NLC past president, Henry G. Cisneros, will guide you through the visible and the invisible elements that create and foster economic development in your community.
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Title Annotation:Henry Cisneros, Charlayne Hunter-Gualt, Norman Ornstein
Author:Ferring, P. Diane
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Sep 14, 1992
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