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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 9, 2012
(Thurs., Feb. 9, 2012)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today announced that hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in November cost the City less than $21 million—which is less than half the $43 million that had been budgeted for the prestigious international event.
“Hosting APEC was a challenging task, and
Final costs for hosting APEC were calculated this week. The savings will offset increased electricity and fuel costs for other City operations, which have risen substantially due to increased world energy prices.
The money spent on APEC paid primarily for supplies, equipment and personnel from the Police, Fire and Emergency Services departments to ensure the safety of President Obama and other visiting dignitaries from APEC’s 21 participant economies, and to minimize traffic disruptions. The City has applied for reimbursement from the federal government for some APEC-related costs.
The Honolulu Police Department expended $10.5 million of the $18.3 million allotted for APEC in fiscal years 2011 and 2012. “Due to excellent city, state, federal, and private sector partnerships and extensive preparation,
Fire Chief Kenneth Silva said the Honolulu Fire Department saved approximately $2 million through prudent planning, management and implementation of its APEC security plan. HFD strengthened relationships with other government agencies, added new equipment, and implemented new policies that have improved the department, he said. “In short, HFD’s participation in APEC benefitted
Department of Emergency Management Director Melvin Kaku similarly attributed the savings in his agency to carefully coordinated joint training exercises among stakeholders.
The Department of Transportation Services spent approximately one third of its $1 million budget for the APEC conference, resulting in a savings of more than $600,000. “This budget reflected assumptions for an event of a magnitude never before held in
Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.