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GLIN==> Mayors' Meeting: St. Catharines, Ontario on 16-18 June 2003



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Mayors' Meeting - Mark your calendars!
The International Association of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors invites the entire community of regional interests to St. Catharines, Ontario for its 2003 Annual Meeting on June 16-18. Details and personal invitations will soon follow.

Learn more about the 
International Association of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors online at http://www.glc.org/mayors/ and at http://www.st-laurent.org/english/assoc/mayor.htm

The International Association was formed some 16 years ago and is the pre-eminent regional body for addressing and acting on environmental and economic issues and opportunities of  interest to Great Lakes and St. Lawrence coastal cities and communities. Among its many priorities is ecosystem restoration, where the Association has pledged to work with the region's leadership in developing and implementing a restoration plan. Also, the Association has authored the Salaberry-De-Valleyfield Protocol presenting ten principles that will guide its efforts in water resource use and protection.

The 2003 meeting, co-hosted by St. Catharine's mayor Tim Rigby and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, will provide a focal point for advancing these and related Association initiatives.

In extending the invitation, Mayors Rigby and Daley note, “The International Association of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors has proven to be a consistently valuable venue of co-operation among cities with an interest in maximizing their relationships with the economy, ecology and culture of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence.”

The International Association of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors was established at the suggestion of the eight Great Lakes states (acting through the Great Lakes Commission) and the provinces of Ontario and Québec.  Its efforts are spearheaded by a mayoral Board of Directors, with technical and secretariat support from the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council, based in Québec City, Québec and the Great Lakes Commission, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Questions about the Association and upcoming meeting can be directed to Claude Mailloux, St. Lawrence Economic Development Council at 418-648-4572 or cmailloux@portquebec.ca or to Steve Thorp, Great Lakes Commission at 734-971-9135 or sthorp@glc.org