The government of Miami-Dade County and include academics and interested parties from the
Florida International University invite you to be a private sector, non-governmental organizations
part of the XIV Inter-American Conference of and major international and multilateral agencies.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY Mayors and Local Authorities which will focus Attendees also include representatives of the media
upon “Building the Productive, Efficient, and and the leadership of major municipal associations.
Equitable Municipality: New Challenges – New Last year’s Conference was attended by almost
And Opportunities”. The Conference provides a forum 600 participants - representing almost every
for representatives of local, regional and national country of the Hemisphere.
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL governments, NGOs, various international and
multilateral organizations and all of those ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
UNIVERSITY interested in the strengthening of local
governments to share experiences; information and Title: “Building the Productive, Efficient, and
practices; to review major local government Equitable Municipality: New Challenges – New
Invite You To The: developments; to adopt policy statements; and to Opportunities”, the Fourteenth Inter-American
discuss common goals for the promotion of Conference of Mayors and Local Authorities.
decentralization and democratic local governance
XIV Inter-American Conference of throughout the Hemisphere. When: June 16 - 19, 2008 at the Hilton Miami
Downtown Hotel Miami, FL. (Opening Reception
Mayors and Local Authorities
Background: As the largest gathering of local - evening of June 16, 2008).
leaders from throughout the hemisphere to occur
each year, the Conference continues to build upon Sponsorship: Miami-Dade County Government
“Building the Productive, Efficient, the many successes of the previous thirteen and the Institute for Public Management &
and Equitable Municipality: New conferences. Throughout the region, effective local Community Service of the College of Social Work,
Challenges – New Opportunities” governance has become key to the economic and Justice and Public Affairs of Florida International
physical well being of citizens. The task of University.
effective governance can not be achieved without
collaborative governance both within and among OBJECTIVES
municipalities, as well as with different levels of
June 16 - 19, 2008 government that could ensure more equitable Our hemisphere continues to witness dramatic
Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel societies. Also needed is the commitment of all events and profound changes that raise serious
Miami, Florida social sectors - private, non governmental and questions about its future in terms of issues of
USA public - to the development of their communities. inequality and poverty alleviation, democracy and
decentralization. Faced with the challenges of
Participants: The Conference is annually attended globalization in a politically changing
by mayors, governors, legislators and other elected environment, as well as the economic, social and
representatives of, as well as senior executive political evolution of our hemisphere, the task of
officials from, the local, regional and national building a productive, efficient and equitable
governments of the Americas. Other attendees municipality that promotes economic development
requires close collaboration not only among local Foundation, USAID, the IDB, the OAS and other Miami-Dade County
governments but also with regional and national national and regional groups. Hon. Javier D. Souto, Commissioner
governments and agencies. Miami-Dade County, Board of County
Best Innovative Practices Commissioners
The Conference will evaluate the present situation Chair, Organizing Committee
of local governments in our hemisphere while Continuing an initiative launched in 2004, the XIV
acknowledging the urgency of the challenges still Conference will again recognize some of the best Conference Organizers
ahead. In addition to the theme sessions on innovative practices implemented in the
municipal development, there will be sessions that hemisphere. In a special session five outstanding Dr. Allan Rosenbaum, Director
examine issues of strengthening civil society; practices will be presented to the plenary of the Cristina A. Rodríguez-Acosta, Deputy Director
expanding participation and democracy; reducing Conference. Institute for Public Management
poverty and inequality; improving urban If you consider that your local government has and Community Service
infrastructure; etc. They will provide attendees implemented or is implementing an innovative College of Social Work, Justice & Public Affairs
with an unparalleled opportunity for sharing new practice for the benefit of your community, please Florida International University
tools and techniques to address the problems submit a brief summary of no more than 3 pages
facing communities and local governments today. (single space, font size 12 - more than that will not Registration and Fees
be considered. No tables, charts or annexes)
Training Workshops organized by the explaining the type of project, the difficulties and Mail, fax or e-mail Conference Registration Form
Inter-American Foundation successes of its implementation as well as clearly before June 10, 2008 to:
stating the benefits to your community. Send by e- Institute for Public Management – FIU
Besides the themes already mentioned, the XIV mail no later than April 30, 2008, to 11200 S.W. 8th Street – PCA 365 A
Conference will include a number of concurrent email@example.com. The Organizing Committee will Miami, FL 33199 – USA
training workshops, organized in conjunction with select the winners of the best five practices. Those Phone: (305) 348-1271 Fax: (305) 348-1273
the Inter-American Foundation, in which attendees selected will be notified in May 2008. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
will have the opportunity to actively participate.
The workshops will analyze specific examples Hotel Information US$250 for non-US public sector and nonprofit
from Latin America and the US in order to better organizations (US$300 on site registration).
understand the difficulties faced by local leaders in Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel US$350 for US public sector and nonprofit and
establishing operational partnerships for local 1601 Biscayne Blvd. international organizations. US$500 for private
development. Topics to be discussed will include: Each participant is responsible for his/her own sector organizations. Fee includes two luncheons
local economic development; health and lodging and travel. Single or double room special and two evening receptions.
environmental issues; financing; good governance; rate $129 + 13% taxes. For a hotel reservation,
employment generation; etc. please call the Hilton Downtown Hotel directly at For more information, please contact Cristina A.
(305) 374-0000 before May 31st, 2008 Rodriguez-Acosta at Florida International
The final agenda is being set with the assistance of University.
mayors from the hemisphere, representatives of Sponsoring Organization
Municipal Associations from the Americas, as well
as organizations such as the Inter-American Hon. Carlos Alvarez, Mayor