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Abramson To Address U.S. Conference of Mayors; Technology, Homeland Security Are Key Topics

Friday June 25, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson will discuss Louisville Metro Government’s increasing efforts to use technology to save money and provide more efficient service to citizens at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Boston. Abramson, a past president of the group, will speak to hundreds of mayors at the conference’s breakfast session on Saturday about Louisville Metro’s investment in MetroSafe, an emergency communications network to connect police, fire, EMS and other emergency responders.

He will talk about the recent success in using on-line auctions to sell surplus property and purchase goods. He will also discuss the challenges of uniting two governments with two very different computer networks.

“Technology is dramatically reshaping how we serve our citizens,” Abramson said. “It’s truly changing the landscape of local government.”

Federal funding for homeland security is one of the top discussion issues on the agenda of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an organization of leaders from more than 1,100 cities across America. Abramson will attend the conference throughout the weekend and will return to Louisville on Monday.