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Mayor John DeStefano to Give Dean's Lecture, "Creating Competitive Cities," Dec. 10

The Honorable John DeStefano, Jr., Mayor of the City of New Haven, will give a Dean's Lecture to students, faculty, and guests at Yale Law School on Tuesday, December 10, 2002. His talk, titled "Creating Competitive Cities" will be held in Room 127 of the Law School (127 Wall Street) at 4:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since taking office in 1994, Mayor DeStefano has worked to build strong neighborhoods, a vibrant city center, and a community of opportunity and optimism.

Under the Mayor's leadership, New Haven was named a 1998 All America City and 1999 Empowerment Zone, with an economy centered on biomedical and intellectual based companies, core port and manufacturing businesses, and world-class medical and educational institutions.

Over the past eight years, crime in the New Haven has been cut in half, and public housing has turned from one of the lowest performers nationally to one of the highest, The City is also acknowledged as the arts capital of Connecticut.

Mayor DeStefano is a past president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. He is also First Vice President of the National League of Cities (NLC). This month, Mayor DeStefano will become President of the NLC, the nation's oldest and largest organization representing some 18,000 American cities and towns.