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International unit to meet at March conference.

The inaugural meeting of the NLC International Municipal Consortium will be held during the Congressional-City Conference in Washington. The Consortium will convene from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

Larry Bakken, mayor of Golden Valley, Minn. has been named chair of the consortium for 1992. Mayor Roger Randle of Tulsa will serve as vice chair for Sister Cities programs and Council Member Yolanda Vera of San Antonio will serve as vice chair for international trade and economic development.

The new International Municipal Consortium has been established upon the recommendation of the 1991 NLC International Task Force. The function of the new consortium is to serve officials of NLC members as the focal point for:

[subsection] Discussion of international developments and activities affecting local governments in this country;

[subsection] Local government officials interested in international activities meet and exchange ideas on subjects of common interest;

[subsection] Coordination of various programs and activities that provide education and training for local government officials on developments in the international arena, and

[subsection] Maintaining and strengthening relationships with various state and federal agencies and organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad that have interest in working with NLC members on international programs and activities.

Membership in the International Municipal Consortium is open to any official of an NLC member city who is interested in international activities and who wishes to participate in and receive information about consortium programs and activities.

Interested officials will be asked to complete a membership application form that will provide information on their special areas of interest both in subject matter and geography, and will identify experience in international activities and non-English speaking ability to help NLC develop a database on officials who could be called upon to provide assistance in international activities. Membership application forms will be available at the organizational meeting of the consortium on March 9.

Present plans are to hold three International Municipal Consortium meetings each year: at the March Congressional-City Conference, when it will be possible to meet with federal and other officials in the Washington, D.C. area who can provide information and assistance; during the summer conference of Sister Cities International, in order to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with local officials from around the world who participate in this meeting; and during the Annual Congress of Cities, for the purpose of holding a forum on international developments and activities to which all NLC delegates are invited.

A nine-member steering committee has been appointed by chair Bakken to work with the chair and two vice chairs on consortium activities during the coming year. Invited to serve on the steering committee are:

Arlene Aldridge, Council Member, Laredo, Tex.; Denise Alexander, council member, Southfield, Mich.; Deanne Butterfield, councilwomen, Boulder, Colo.; Luther H. Jordan, councilman, Wilmington, N.C.; Jack Minore, council member, Flint, Mich.; Patricia Sausedo, councilwoman, San Jose, Calif.; Mayor Mark Schwiebert, Rock Island, Ill.; Eric Smith, council member, Jacksonville, Fla.; Dennis Tenney, council member, Sandy City, Utah; Jack Valencia, council member, Las Cruces, N.M.
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Title Annotation:the National League of Cities' International Municipal Consortium will meet during the 1992 Congressional-City Conference
Author:Jones, Donald L.
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Mar 2, 1992
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