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Metro Council welcomes NFWL 69th Annual Conference to Louisville

Thursday October 11, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Louiville Metro Council
Contact Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/526-3622

Over 400 delegates from across the 50 United States and tribal areas of America will be in Louisville when the National Foundation of Women Legislators convenes its 69th Annual Conference at the Seelbach Hotel.

“We want to welcome these policy makers to our city,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D). “This is the first time the NFWL has come to Louisville and we hope they will have an enjoyable and rewarding experience while they are here.”

The Conference will begin on Thursday, October 11th. And conclude on Sunday October 14th. Topics up for discussion follow many national concerns including returning National Guard units from active duty, health care, education, public safety and substance abuse.

“Through roundtable discussions and work sessions, these women will be drafting legislation on the local, state and national level,” says Ward-Pugh. “They will then take those ideas back to their respective states and tribes in an effort to create a national momentum for their communities and the quality of life for the people they serve.”

On Friday morning, October 12th a Kentucky Welcome Breakfast will be hosted by women lawmakers of the Louisville Metro Council and the Kentucky General Assembly. There are ten women who are currently serving on the Metro Council.

A Presidential Forum will be held later Friday afternoon.

Several of the sessions will provide updates on current projects between the NFWL and the private sector. The Foundation is currently working with the National Guard on a Drug Education Initiative that encourages school children to make good choices and be drug free. There is also a Backpack Initiative with Home Depot to provide school supplies to disadvantaged and at-risk children. A Prison Rehabilitation program attempts to battle prison recidivism and substance abuse.

The Foundation is also working on International Programs to reach women around the world on issues of trade, economic development and political participation.

“Many of the women will be able to show us how they accomplished legislative goals so that we may use their experience to better serve our community,” says Ward-Pugh “It is also quite possible that what we have done here in Louisville may help others in moving forward to improve the quality of life for other communities.”

For more information about the conference, including schedules, events and speakers, go on line to www.womenlegislators.org.

Sponsor:
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9