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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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May 01, 2012

Domestic and International Mayors in New Orleans May 2-4, 2012

Special Media Notes:

Media must contact Ryan Berni or Todd Ragusa to register and indicate the events they would like to cover.

WHAT: New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu and City officials will welcome nearly 50 delegations representing US cities and foreign nations to New Orleans for the 2012 World Cultural Economic Forum (WCEF).

WCEF will connect mayors and thought leaders from across the globe to exchange ideas, build partnerships, and shape the discussion on culture as an effective tool to spur innovation. The City of New Orleans is partnering with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to present the forum, along with local partners, including New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation, New Orleans Business Alliance and the World Trade Center.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is joining Mayor Landrieu as a speaker at WCEF.

WHO: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

U. S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran

Delegations from 24 U.S. cities

International Delegations from:

Brazil                                      Guatemala                Lithuania

Brunei Darussalem             Haiti                            Mali

China                                     Hungary                    Mexico

Czech Republic                   Israel                          Netherlands

Equatorial Guinea               Italy                             Panama

France                                   Japan                         Russia

Georgia                                  Lesotho                      Trinidad & Tobago

WHEN: WCEF Media Day: Thursday, May 3

Ritz-Carlton Hotel

921 Canal St., New Orleans, LA

2nd Floor Grand Ballroom

8:30AM Opening Ceremony of the World Cultural Economic Forum

Keynote by Mayor Landrieu

Welcome by Mayor Villaraigosa

9:45AM Plenary Panel: The Impact of Culture on Global Change

Moderator: Melissa Harris Perry, MSNBC

Hon. Mitchell J. Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana

H.E. Nikoloz Rurua, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of The Democratic Republic of Georgia

 H.E. Pierre Richelle Lafaille, Minister of Social Affairs of The Republic of Haiti


Camera spray/photo opportunity of all delegates on stage. Press conference with Mayor Landrieu and attendees. Release of 2011 New Orleans Cultural Economy Snapshot report.

Afternoon MOU Signings         

1:30 PM Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel MOU signing with Mayor Landrieu

2:00 PM Klaipeda, Lithuania MOU signing with Mayor Landrieu

2:30 PM Batumi, Georgia MOU signing with Mayor Landrieu

3:00PM Global Town Hall featured presentation delegates to discuss cultural economy. The dialogue will be streamed live at

NOTE: Global Town Hall is open to the public.

WHY: Hosted by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the WCEF is an annual convening in New Orleans that highlights the role of culture as an economic and social force that drives the creation of vibrant cities. For the first time in 2012, the City of New Orleans has partnered with the US Conference of Mayors to create a unique platform for mayors from around the world to come together to exchange ideas, build new partnerships between their cities, and shape the international discussion on culture as an effective tool to spur innovation.

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