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Contingent represents the City Of Kingston at 2013 Federation Of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference

May 30, 2013 -

Today the Mayor and several members of Kingston City Council are headed to the 2013 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference - 'Strong Cities, Strong Communities, Strong Canada.'

"The FCM conference is a great way for us to share information about the important work we're doing in Kingston while learning from other municipal leaders around the country," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "During the conference I hope to connect with other municipally elected officials to share ideas and learn what they are doing to address sustainable infrastructure and social service needs given the current economic circumstances and policies of the upper levels of government."

Over the course of the four days the Kingston delegation will: information share with other municipalities, take in plenary sessions, listen to key note speakers from the federal political parties and FCM executive and participate in study tours around Vancouver. Each day the Mayor has coordinated touch-point meetings with the Kingston delegation to discuss what they will be taking in, things they have learned, and what ideas they will be bringing back to the City of Kingston.

The City of Kingston has long standing representation on the FCM Board of Directors. Councillor Hector, who is seeking re-election to the board this year, has represented Kingston and Eastern Ontario on the Ontario Caucus for the last two and a half years.

She currently sits on the FCM standing committees for Rural Forum, Community Safety and Crime Prevention, and International Relations. She is also involved in the FCM Joint Committee with Corrections, Public Safety and Parole Board.

"Going to the FCM AGM and seeking re-election to the Board is always a bit stressful, however, this time I have several City Councillors, the Mayor, Councillors from the County, Smiths Falls and from throughout Eastern Ontario as support - a great team of colleagues learning, networking and working together for our communities and region," said Councillor Dorothy Hector.

This year, eight councillors including the Mayor will take part in the biggest municipal conference in Canada. The conference expects to welcome over 2,000 delegates from municipal governments across the country over four days. Councillors attending are: Hector, Paterson, Downes, Schell, Reitzel, Berg, Paterson and Scott.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government. 

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For more information contact:
Mayor Mark Gerretsen
613-546-4291 ext. 1405