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Economies conference adds participants.

Experienced mayors and economic development professionals will join nationally-known authors on the program at the NLC Symposium on "Achieving World Class Local Economies" in Orlando, May 17-19.

This second Symposium is a policy-level event that will bring together key players, successful practitioners and experts to explore the strategic thinking, planning and action needed to create a "world class" local economy. The first Symposium was held in Columbus, Ohio, in 1996.

Previously-announced major speakers include Neal Peirce, columnist and author of Citistates: How Urban America Can Prosper in a Competitive World, and E.J. Dionne, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, syndicated columnist, and author of Why Americans Hate Politics.

A panel will follow Dionne's presentation on "Globalization, Local Economies and Your City's people." Mayor Patrick McCrory of Charlotte, N.C. and David Bowes will join others in discussing the local issues and interests that must be addressed when city leaders seek to make their region competitive globally. Bowes is author of Creating the Globally Competitive Community and former vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Following Peirce's speech on "Regional Governance for Economic Competitiveness," panelists will explore new and effective approaches that leaders around the nation are taking to economic policy-making for the regional economy. Participants will include Mayor William Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., William Stafford, executive director of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, Mayor Pro Tem George Blackwood of Kansas City, Mo., and James Frierson, director of strategic initiatives for River Valley Partners, a public private partnership in Chattanooga.

Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood, host of the NLC Symposium and the Orlando International Summit, will discuss "Community-Based Foreign Policy and Making it Successful" in a presentation on Tuesday May 19.

A follow-up panel on "Connecting Globally" will provide perspectives from around the world and business people. Panelists will include a representative from the World Trade Organization and Phumbile Mlambo-Ngeuka, Deputy Trade Minister for South Africa.

Details: call NLC at 202/626-3061.
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Title Annotation:Natl League of Cities Symposium 'Achieving World Class Local Economies'
Author:Barnes, Bill
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Apr 6, 1998
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