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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                January 26, 2007

Release No. M-10-07





WASHINGTON, D.C. – Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann joined 260 of his colleagues in approving “Strong Cities, Strong Families for a Strong America,” a 10-point legislative agenda from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The Conference of Mayors, holding its 75th Winter Meeting in the capital this week,  is calling on the federal government to create a $4 billion Energy and Environment Block Grant program to help cities combat global warming by reducing emissions, improve energy efficiency and reduce dependence on imported oil across the nation.

It’s one of the 10 points in conference’s legislative agenda, which was adopted this week and is available at

“I wholeheartedly endorse our 10-point plan, which is being presented to Congress and to the 2008 presidential candidates,” said Hannemann. “Honolulu stands to gain much if federal officials and leaders get behind it.

“In addition, the plan creates opportunities for Honolulu to demonstrate its national leadership in several areas including environmental and energy initiatives, interoperable communications, and crime and drug prevention programs,” said Hannemann.

During his week in Washington, Hannemann met with many national leaders, including Senator Hillary R. Clinton, who posed for photos with the mayor in front of a portrait of John Calhoun in the Capitol. Clinton departed for Iowa shortly afterward.

He also presided over his first meeting as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports and also participated as a member of the Advisory Board of the Conference of Mayors, a post to which his colleagues elected him last year.

At the Tourism Committee meeting, Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment  for the Arts, discussed the Big Read program, a new National Education Association initiative to bolster literacy across America. Officials from the Travel Business Roundtable and Discover America Partnership offered recommendations to increase international tourism to the United States. Cultural tourism programs were discussed by representatives of the Americans for the Arts organization.  Finally, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Community Trees Awards were announced by the Home Depot Foundation. The next meeting of the TAPES Committee will be held in June 2007 in Los Angeles. 

Earlier this week, Hannemann met with Hawaii’s congressional delegation, other key congressional leaders and staff and Federal Transit Administration head James Simpson. The mayor also was in the audience for President Bush’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday.





Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767


Friday, January 26, 2007

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