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Parson-McBean to go to city conference

March 08, 2007

Hagerstown City Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean will attend the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., according to a press release issued by the city.

She is the only elected official from the city attending the conference, scheduled March 9 to 14.

Speakers include U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters; U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.; U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.; U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn.; and political commentators George Stephanopoulos and David Gergen.

Parson-McBean will attend two seminars, according to the release.

n "Just Do It! Building Coalitions and Connecting Cultures with Youth," focuses on reasons for disconnect between youth and adults; the financial, social and societal implications for this disconnect; and the benefits of a governmental youth leadership program.

n "Local Economic Development: The Good, Bad and Ugly," will present elected officials with tools to discern good from bad proposals; to understand the economic dynamics in three urban markets housing, labor, and education; and stress good economic development policy, according to the release.

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The Congressional City Conference is the annual winter meeting of the National League of Cities, designed to inform municipal leaders on federal policy issues.

On March 15, after the conference ends, Parson-McBean will attend an Energy Markets and Regulation seminar, according to the release.

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