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									                       PRESIDENT                                                                                                   BOARD MEMBERS
            Honorable Ron Davis
                           Mayor,                                                                                                  Honorable David Pierre
           Prichard, Alabama, USA                                                                                                  Haiti
                                                                                                                                   Honorable Joseph Framseau
                         OFFICERS                      THE WORLD CONFERENCE OF MAYORS, INC                                         Haiti
                                                                                                                                   Congressman Ramon Jimenez Lopez
         Honorable Eugene Grant
                                                                 (United Nations of Cities)                                        Mexico
                                                                                                                                   Honorable Charles Ringuet
   Mayor, Seat Pleasant, Maryland,                                                        French Guyana
       ww                        USA                                                                                               Honorable Jean Piere Théodore Raumillac
           2ND VICE PRESIDENT,                                                       Tuskegee, AL 36083, USA                       French Guyana
                           TOURISM                                                                                                 Honorable Mamadou Montaque Gueye
          Honorable James Walls
                                                                  Office: (334) 727-4035 & (334) 724-9200 • Fax: (334) 727-6319    Ministry-Counselor
   Mayor, District Height, Maryland,                                            PRESS RELEASE
                                                                 WCM Website:                      Embassy of the Republic of Senegal
                                 USA                                                                                               Washington, D.C., USA
        VICE PRESIDENT, TRUST             FORD TO HOST BROADBAND/CENSUS SUMMIT IN TUSKEGEE, AUGUST                                 Honorable Charles A. Sinclair
    Honorable Raymond Occolier                                   14-15, 2009.                                                      Mayor, Montego Bay, Jamaica
         Mayor, Vauclin, Martinique                                                                                                Honorable Obed Malaba
        VICE PRESIDENT, TRADE                                                                                                      Mayor, Durban, South Africa
        Honorable George Darden                                                                                                    Honorable Maurice Brown
   Mayor, Spring Valley, New York,       The Honorable Johnny Ford, Founder/Secretary General of the World Conference of           Mayor, White Castle, Louisiana, USA
                                 USA     Mayors, Inc. will be hosting a Broadband/Census Summit on August 14-15, 2009, on          Honorable Jack Sims
                 VICE PRESIDENT,                                                                                                   Commissioner, District Height, Maryland, USA
       TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER               the campus of Historic Tuskegee University at the beautiful Kellogg Center. Ford          Honorable Mathias H. Gbedan
             Honorable Fred Esco                                                                                                   Mayou, Seme-Podji, Benin
   Mayor, Canton, Mississippi, USA       will be joining forces with the Honorable Harry C. Alford, President/CEO of the
 Honorable Jean Frantz Theodat
                                         National Black Chamber of Commerce to inform local leaders on ways to overcome            ADMINISTRATION

               Mayor, Tabarre, Haiti     the “Digital Divide” and bring necessary funding and Broadband technology to the          Ms. Vanessa R. Williams
           Honorable Jenny Dulis         communities of Alabama. Ford went on to say, “The economic conditions of today            Executive Director/Registered Agent
                                                                                                                                   The World Conference of Mayors, Inc. (WCM)
 Mayor, Mourne Rouge, Martinique         are unique, because as you know, there is $7.2 billion dollars available in stimulus      And The National Conference of Black Mayors
       VICE PRESIDENT, WOMEN                                                                                                       (NCBM)
Honorable Sabrina Paul Mowlah-           monies. We as leaders will be focusing on how we can bring our fair share to              Atlanta, Georgia, USA
                               Baksh                                                                                               Honorable Joseph “Billy” Louis
              Special Advisor to the     Alabama to make greener, safer, and smarter communities”.                                 Caribbean Coordinator
                      Mayor/Council,                                                                                               Miami Florida, USA
Penal/Debe Regional Corporation,                                                                                                   Honorable Attorney Fred Gray
          Penal, Trinidad & Tobago       The Summit will also focus on the 2010 Census. Darryl A. Lee, Senior Partnership          General Counsel
                 VICE PRESIDENT,                                                                                                   Tuskegee, Alabama, USA
   TREASURY AND TREASURER                Specialist, for the U.S. Department of Commerce will be the keynote speaker for the       Honorable Johnnie Harrison
       Honorable John McGowan            Census Program, and will point out how important the 2010 count will be to local          The World Conference of Mayors, Inc.
   Mayor, Union Springs, Alabama,                                                                                                  Headquarters Director
                                 USA     communities. Ford went on to state, “ It is our goal to make sure that every eligible     Tuskegee, Alabama, USA
                 VICE PRESIDENT
         Honorable George Grace          citizen is counted within Alabama.”                                                       Mr. John Ford
                                                                                                                                   Assistant to the Founder
                     Past President,                                                                                               Tuskegee, Alabama, USA
      National Conference of Black
                         Mayors, Inc.    Ford went on to say, “We have also have invited Michael Blake, Deputy Associate           CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE
Mayor, St. Gabriel, Louisiana, USA
                 VICE PRESIDENT          Directors of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Ms. Kathy           Honorable Jim Montgomery
      Honorable Heather Hudson           Johnson, Head of the State of Alabama’s Broadband Initiative, to also speak for this      Chairman
                           President,                                                                                              Aniston, Alabama, USA
      National Conference of Black       important Conference. The WCM has invited public officials from cities, counties,
                         Mayors, Inc.                                                                                              PAST PRESIDENTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
        Greenville, Mississippi, USA     as well as representatives of organizations, churches, and citizens in general who are
                 VICE PRESIDENT          interested in applying for US governmental Broad funding, as well as funding from         Hon. Ndiawar Toure, President, 2006-2007
           Honorable Samba Faal                                                                                                    Hon. Murchinson Brown, Chairman, 2004-2006
         Past President, WCM, Inc.       the US Census Bureau to assist communities in obtaining a complete count.”                Mayor Port of Spain, Trinidad/Tobago
 Union des Villes Africannes (UVA)                                                                                                 Hon. Edward Daniel, USA, 2003-2004
Representative and Mayor, Banjul,                                                                                                  Hon. Samba Faal, The Gambia, Africa, ‘2001-2003
                         The Gambia      The WCM is pleased to join with the State of Alabama, the National Black Chamber          Hon. Gary Loster, USA, 2000-2001
                 VICE PRESIDENT                                                                                                    Hon. Paul Mba Abessole, Gabon, Africa, 1999-2003
    Honorable Paul Antione Bien-         of Commerce, and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as our Corporate Sponsors in             Hon. Francis Bertrand, Trinidad, Tobago, 1997-1999
                                Aime                                                                                               Hon. David Humes (Deceased), USA, 1996-1997
  Immediate Past President, WCM,         order to make this Conference a success. The tentative schedule of the Conference is      Hon. Marie Atkins, Jamaica, 1994-1996
                                  Inc.   as follows and attached.                                                                  Hon. Mamadou Diop, Senegal, Africa, 1992-1994
      Minister of Local Government                                                                                                 Hon. Thomas Barnes, USA, 1991-1992
                Port au Prince, Haiti                                                                                              Hon. Kwia Johnson, Liberia, Africa, 1990-1991
                 VICE PRESIDENT                                                                                                    Hon. Johnny Ford, Founder, USA, 1984-1990
         Honorable Charles Evers         In addition to Broadband, Ford has invited local Alabama elected and appointed
            Former Mayor, Fayette,
                    Mississippi, USA
                                         officials and well as national leaders from throughout the nation in attendance,          CONSULTANTS

 Now Special Advisor to the Mayor        including members from President Obama’s Administration, the USDA, the National           HIS EXCELLENCEY O.J. WEBB
            of Jackson, Mississippi                                                                                                Chicago, Illinois, USA
                 VICE PRESIDENT          Policy Alliance, and the US Census Bureau, Census 2010 to ensure that Alabamians          Travel, Tourism, and Heritage
      Honorable Webster Guillory         are accurately represented in the upcoming census.                                        Honorable Jake Henderson
                                                                                                                                   Atlanta, Georgia, USA
      Orange County Assessor and
                            Chairman                                                                                               Technology-Transfer
          Natl. Org. of Black County                                                                                               Honorable James Perkins
                 Officials, (NOBCO)      The Broadband Summit will be open to the public. Please call 334-558-3907 if you          Selma, Alabama, USA
   Orange County, California, USA        have any questions or would like to contribute or attend.                                 Treasury
           VICE PRESIDENT AND                                                                                                      Honorable Roderick Shaw
                       SECRETARY                                                                                                   Washington, D.C., USA
   Honorable Dorothy Grim-King                                                                                                     Twin Cities
    Mayor, Selby, Mississippi, USA       Sincerely,                                                                                Honorable Jack Brunet
           VICE PRESIDENT AND                                                                                                      Mort de France, Martinique
         ASSISTANT SECRETARY                                                                                                       WCM Web Master, Travel Agent, and
      Honorable Jerry Henderson                                                                                                    Public-Private Partnership
                     Board Member,                                                                                                 Honorable John Long
          Natl. Org. of Black County                                                                                               Sacramento, California, USA
                 Officials, (NOBCO)                                                                                                Communications
            Washington, D.C., USA        The Honorable Johnny Ford                                                                 Honorable Patrick Aglae
                      Past President                                                                                               Fort de France, Martinique
        Honorable Ndiawar Touré          Founder/Secretary-General, WCM
          Mayor, Rufisque, Senegal
                   & Vice President,
                                                                           The World Conference of Mayors, Inc.
     National Assembly of Senegal                                       Office of the Founder, 108 Fred Gray Street, Suite 101
                      Past President                                                   Tuskegee, AL 36083, USA
   Honorable Murchinson Brown                                   Office: (334) 727-4035 & Fax (334) 724-9200
   Mayor, Port of Sapin, Trinidad &
                             THE WORLD CONFERENCE OF MAYORS, INC
                                       (United Nations of Cities)
                                        HONORABLE JOHNNY FORD, Founder, „84
                                                Secretary General
                                                Tuskegee, Alabama (USA)

                     Tentative Agenda for WCM Quarterly Board Meeting
            The World Conference of Mayors/ The National Black Chamber of Commerce
              The Alabama Conference of Black Mayors/The National Policy Alliance

                                      August 14-15, 2009
                     The Kellogg Center on the Tuskegee University Campus
                                   Tuskegee, Alabama, USA

Hosted by:
    The Honorable Mayor Ron Davis, President of the WCM, Inc.
    The Honorable Harry Alford, President of the National Black Chamber of Commerce
    The Honorable Mayor Helenor Bell , President of the ACBM
    The Honorable The Honorable Johnny Ford, Co-Chair of the National Policy Alliance and
      Founder of the WCM

WCM Board and Corporate Roundtable Meeting Schedule (Tentative Agenda)

Thursday, August 13          Event                                              Location

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm     Arrivals-Registration and Check In                      The Kellogg Center

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm     WCM/ACBM Mayor’s Reception                              The Kellogg Center Lounge

Friday, August 14            Event                                              Location
7:30 am -9:30 am      WCM/NPA/NBCC Breakfast                                  The Kellogg Center

8:00 am - 10:00 am    Registration                                            The Kellogg Center
10:00am -11:30am      Broadband Symposium, Greetings and                      The Kellogg Center
                      Introductions- Honorable Harry C. Alford,
                      President/CEO, National Black Chamber of
                             Roadmap to stimulus dollars-Chuck Debow,
                              Director of Special Projects, NBCC
                             Connecting to Rural Communities
12:00 pm -1:00 pm     National Black Chamber of Commerce                      The Kellogg Center
                      “Serving Underserved and Unserved
                      communities with Broadband
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Delivering Broadband to a Community                     The Kellogg Center
 2:00 pm-3:00 pm     Strategizing and Networking                        The Kellogg Center
                     Harry C. Alford, President/CEO, National Black
                     Chamber of Commerce, et al (group participation)

 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm    WCM/NPA/ACBM Reception/Entertainment               The Victory Land Casino, Shorter,

Sat. August 15                     Event                                  Location

8:00 am – 9:00 am    WCM Board Breakfast                                The Kellogg Center

9:00 am - 10:00 am   World Conference of Mayors, Inc./The               The Kellogg Center
                     Alabama Conference of Black Mayors Joint

10:00 am-11:00 am    US 2010 Census Workshop                            The Kellogg Center

11:00 am -12:00 pm   The WCM Corporate Roundtable Meeting               The Kellogg Center

12:00 pm-2:00 pm     WCM Technology Transfer Luncheon                   The Kellogg Center
                     Technological Presentations by Agencies and
                     Technology Consultants:
                         The EPA
                         The USDA
                         The FAA
                         The CDC
                         Etc.

2:00 pm              Departure or Remain in Tuskegee for Tours Tuskegee Airmen Museum,
                     of Historic Sites                         George Washington Carver
For more details please contact John Ford at 334-727-4035 (o), 334-728-2818 (c) or

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