- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 21, 2004

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Making his third trip to Europe this year, D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams headed to Paris yesterday to attend a car show.

His office said Mr. Williams will visit the Paris Auto Show. He hopes to encourage car company executives from around the world to come to the Washington Auto Show, which begins Dec. 26.

The trip was being paid for by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, which represents more than 200 dealers in the city and suburbs, and hosts the D.C. auto show.

While there, Mr. Williams will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation between the District and Paris with that city’s mayor, Bertrand Delanoe. According to a copy of that agreement, the two cities will work together on issues including economic development, cultural exchanges and student exchange programs.

Mr. Williams has logged a lot of miles as the city’s mayor. In May alone he went first to Paris to attend the Inaugural Congress of United Cities and Local Governments. Barely a week after returning home, he again crossed the Atlantic, going to Rome for the Glocalization Forum promoting socio-economic and cultural ties to cities where children are victimized by war and poverty. Later that month, he flew to Las Vegas to meet with the International Council of Shopping Centers.

In between those trips, Mr. Williams defended them, saying he doesn’t travel half as much as he would if he went everywhere he’s invited. Mr. Williams also told reporters in May that he works to keep most of his trips short, or over weekends, to keep from being away from the city during work weeks. He said the District reaps benefits from his speaking engagements, which give him the chance to speak out on issues including the city’s lack of full congressional voting rights, homelessness and AIDS.

Mr. Williams — traveling with his wife and D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange, Ward 5 Democrat — returns home Saturday.

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