TOM BATES TO PARTICIPATE
IN PROGRESSIVE MAYORS MEETING IN WASHINGTON
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News
January 26, 2006, 5:30 a.m.
BERKELEY (BCN) - Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
will join more than 30 other mayors from around the country at
the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., this week for the
third meeting of the New Cities Project.
The New Cities Project brings together researchers,
policy innovators, and mayors to share best practices and develop
innovative policies for American cities, Bates' office said, describing
the group as "progressive mayors.''
Bates participated in the group's previous two meetings
and was selected to serve on the national steering committee along
with the mayors of Madison, Wis.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Burlington,
Vt.; and Camden, N.J. In a statement, Bates said, "These
meetings are an important opportunity to share innovative ideas
and experiences with other mayors who share the goal of building
progressive city leadership. After each meeting, I come back to
Berkeley with a wealth of new ideas to put to use in our community.''
Each New Cities Project meeting tackles policy areas
determined by participating mayors, Bates said. The topics to
be covered at the meeting Friday and Saturday include: municipal
finance, government efficiency, economic development and crime
and drug policy.
New Cities participants received detailed policy
briefings from nationally-known experts and work with other mayors
to brainstorm new city strategies in these areas, according to
The New Cities Project was launched in February
2005 by Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and the Madison-based Center
of Wisconsin Strategy. More information about the project is available
Bates is in Washington, D.C. all this week for the
meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The New Cities Project
meeting takes place following the Conference of Mayors.
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