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Councilman John Akouri, former Washington, DC Press Secretary & Capitol Hill Advisor, is President & CEO of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Akouri Joins Nation’s Leaders at National League of Cities Conference

-Homeland Security, the Economy, and Other Key Issues for America’s Communities Top Meeting Agenda-
(NASHVILLE, TN)...Newly elected Farmington Hills City Councilman John Akouri met with 3,500 other city officials from across the United States last month to participate in the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congress of Cities in Nashville. The delegates discussed the economy, homeland security, and key federal policies that can help local government build strong, safe communities.

Akouri took the opportunity the conference availed to meet privately with Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido, Chairman of the NLC Working Group on Homeland Security and Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams to discuss issues relevant to Farmington Hills on both State and Federal levels. Akouri and Williams had worked together previously when Akouri served on Capitol Hill as an advisor to US Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI).

Delegates attending the conference heard from U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Democratic Presidential hopeful General Wesley Clark, ABC News commentator Cokie Roberts, and Passages author Gail Sheehy. The NLC conference also presented numerous workshops on such issues as economic development, education, youth programs, diversity, transportation, homeland security, and other issues that affect cities and towns. The meeting provides a way for city leaders to share ideas about successful programs and strategies as well as shape NLC’s Federal policy.

“Cities and towns need to share innovations amongst themselves and maintain a strong national voice, especially on issues like homeland security and the economy,” said NLC President John DeStefano, Mayor of New Haven, CT. “While our brave men and women fight to improve the quality of life and secure freedom in Iraq, we must not turn our back from the front lines here at home. Cities and towns are the backbone of the nation and the problems that local elected officials are encountering should be among the priorities of the 2004 Election.”

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. With a membership of nearly 1,800 cities and towns, as well as 49 state associations, NLC serves as a resource and advocate for 18,000 cities that serve 225 million people across the US.

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