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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2007
Release No. M-71-07
MAYOR GARNERS NATIONAL SUPPORT FOR
TOURISM AND ARTS INITIATIVES; ACCEPTS CITY AWARDS
The conference was preceded by Mayor Hannemann’s talk on tourism at a one-day Travel Business Roundtable session chaired by Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels.
Mayor Hannemann said, “The annual meeting provided an excellent forum for us to make a case for the importance of the visitor industry to our economy. For example, I joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in calling for the easing of travel restrictions from
“My experience in working with my fellow mayors from across the country has been immensely gratifying as we share ideas and look for ways to address the problems and challenges we all face, no matter what the size of our jurisdictions or the location of our cities. I’ve come away with some great ideas I’d like to consider for
“I’m also pleased that the U.S. Conference of Mayors joined me in supporting Senator Daniel Akaka’s initiative to repeal the REAL ID Act.
“I was very proud to accept two awards on behalf of the City and
The resolutions introduced by the mayor and adopted by the conference called for:
· Increasing international travel to the
· Urging the Bush administration to enter into a bilateral agreement to expand leisure group travel from
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, who cosponsored the resolution with Hannemann, noted, “By streamlining the process, the United States has a great opportunity to experience an increase in the number of visitors from China to this country, creating a boost in national and local economies.”
· Supporting strategies to stimulate private contributions to the arts and arts education in
· Encouraging congressional funding of $430 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
· Repealing the REAL ID Act and restoring the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which gives states more regulatory flexibility.
· Urging Congress to immediately develop a comprehensive plan for combating the crisis of domestic and international piracy and counterfeiting of goods.
Mayor Hannemann accepted two awards on behalf of the City and
2007 City Livability Award:
Tour de Trash gives residents an up-close look at the recycling and waste processing technology and a peek behind the typically closed doors of businesses that have instituted successful recycling programs. Tour de Trash’s goal is to facilitate better public discussions and decision-making on recycling and waste management initiatives that benefit the quality of life in
Tom Cochran, executive director of the USCM, said, “Our City Livability Awards Program gives the conference a chance to highlight mayoral leadership in making urban areas safer, cleaner, and more livable. It is also an opportunity to showcase the creativity and commitment of mayors and city governments across the country.”
2007 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award:
During the conference, the mayors heard from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and presidential candidates U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, and former Senator John Edwards.
Mayor Hannemann serves as chair of the standing committee on tourism, arts, parks, entertainment, and sports (TAPES) for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He also sits on the advisory board.
In his capacity as TAPES chairman, Mayor Hannemann presided over the 2007 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards, where he and his colleagues honored Randy Jackson of “American Idol” for his support for music education; Jimmy Smits of “West Wing” and “NYPD Blue” for his efforts to develop Latino scholarships and career opportunities; and Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano for their roles in bolstering the arts and arts funding, respectively. The awards are sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Americans for the Arts.
In August 2007, Mayor Hannemann will host the Japanese Association of City Mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in
Jeff Coelho, 527-6066
|Thursday, June 28, 2007|