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(Wednesday, June 10, 2009) -- Mayor Mufi Hannemann will depart tonight for Washington D.C., Providence, and Chicago to attend conferences and meetings. He will return on Thursday, June 17.


            Hannemann will attend the 77th Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Providence to discuss President Obama’s economic stimulus package and ways to leverage additional funding for Honolulu, to which $89 million has so far been allocated.


Hannemann will preside on Friday over a meeting of the USCM Standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports. Hannemann is the committee’s chairman.


            At a conference plenary session on Sunday, Hannemann will make a presentation regarding efforts by U.S. cities to support Chicago’s proposal to host the 2016 Olympics. Hannemann and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley co-chair a special task force working to support the U.S. Olympic bid, and recently presented the proposal to the International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission. Chicago is competing with Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo to host the games, and the IOC is expected to make a decision later this year.


            On Tuesday, Hannemann will meet in Washington with a U.S. State Department official regarding Honolulu’s proposal to host the 2011 APEC meeting. Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco are finalists to host the event, though other cities may also be considered.


            Hannemann will also meet in Washington with Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff regarding Honolulu’s rail transit project. President Obama nominated Rogoff for the position in April, and he won Senate confirmation in May. During his confirmation hearing, Rogoff indicated to Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii that he strongly supports Honolulu’s rail transit project.


            In Chicago on Wednesday, Hannemann will address the American Public Transportation Association, which invited him to address its Rail Conference. APTA, founded in 1882, is the nation’s leading organization advocating on behalf of public transportation. APTA supports safe, efficient and economical transit services, and improving such services to meet national energy, environmental, and financial concerns.



Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928