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Friday, November 14, 2008

New Jersey State League of Municipalities to Celebrate 93rd Year
November 18-21, 2008, at Atlantic City Convention Center
The largest gathering of public officials in the United States expected to draw 20,000 people plus

The Atlantic City Convention Center will host more than 20,000 delegates when the 93rd Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference comes to town Tuesday, November 18, through Friday, November 21, 2008.

The four-day Conference, “Challenges and Changes: A Time for New Ideas” is the largest gathering of public officials in the United States.

 More than 100 informational sessions are scheduled and will cover a wide range of topics, including: economic development, grant writing, emergency management, budgeting, green communities, Pay-to-Play, ethics and other key municipal issues.  On Wednesday, November 19, a special League session entitled “Following the Leaders – Key Legislative Policy Makers Discuss the Issues” will include legislative leaders for a look at the year ahead and the status of Property Tax Relief and Reform.  For a complete list of League Conference Education Sessions, please visit our website at

“This is not only the world’s largest municipal conference, it is also the most informative and the most valuable,” said Robert L. Bowser, Mayor of East Orange and New Jersey State League of Municipalities President.  “Our local officials come to Atlantic City for a week of learning that is not available anywhere else at any other time.”

New Jersey’s municipal officials also use this conference to review more than 900 companies that provide municipal goods and services.  This gives local officials the chance to shop for the best bargains and save property taxpayers money.  Another key function of this conference is to set the League’s legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

A number of special breakfasts and luncheons are scheduled, key among them:

  • The 17th Annual Mayors Box Luncheon begins 12 p.m.  Wednesday, November 19, in the Crown Ballroom at the Sheraton Convention Center Hotel.  Scheduled speakers include Robert Bowser, Mayor of East Orange and League President; Commissioners’ Joseph Doria, DCA, Stephan Dilts, Deputy Commissioner, DOT; Treasurer David Rousseau, and Lisa Jackson, DEP.  The luncheon will also feature presentations for the Mayors Hall of Fame and Innovation in Governance Awards.
  • The Women in Government Breakfast starts 8 a.m. Thursday, November 20, at the Atlantic City Convention Center in room 412.  Guest speakers Sandra King, Executive Producer and Co-Host, New Jersey News Network’s Due Process.  The 5th Outstanding Women in Government Award will be presented at the breakfast, which is sponsored by the N.J. Association for Elected Women Officials.
  • The popular Delegate’s Luncheon kicks off at 12 p.m. Thursday, November 20, in the Crown Ballroom at the Sheraton Convention Center Hotel.  Giving a keynote address will be the Honorable Jon Corzine, New Jersey Governor, The luncheon will include a presentation of distinguished public service awards.

Free shuttle services will transport conference attendees and exhibitors from the Atlantic City hotels to the Convention Center.  Shuttle schedules will be publicized before the conference and at each hotel during the week of the conference.

Complete information, including the workshop schedule, exhibition hours, keynote speakers and registration forms can be found at or by calling (609) 695-3481, ext. 111.


EDITORS:  Press passes are available by mail or at the information booth in the lobby of the Convention Center.  The League will have a pressroom.  The new location for the phone line can be accessed at the registration area by contacting league staff near Entrance “C”.  The Press Room is located in Exhibit Hall C, in front of the 100 aisle, Room 2-67.   Contact Helen Yeldell, who may be paged from the League Information Booth located at the top of escalator (1st Floor, AC Convention Center).  For more information, contact William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director of NJLM, at (609) 695-3481, ext. 122 or his cell at (609) 915-9072, or visit the website at


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