|July 19, 2006 – Ten Mayors and municipal leaders from Nicaragua and Honduras successfully participated in Georgetown University's Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) Municipal Governance Strengthening Program from June 11 to 24, 2006.
Program themes included Improving Local Governance, Strengthening Municipal Budgeting and Finance, Developing Anticorruption and Transparency Measures, Strategic Planning and Civic Action Plans, Civic Participation, and Leadership Development.
The program featured leadership workshops, seminars and round-table discussions with distinguished experts from Georgetown University, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Center for International Private Enterprise, as well as mayors, city managers, and executives from municipal service providers such as the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).
Mayors learn about the WSSC water treatment facility control room processes.
A representative from the WSSC explains water treatment reservoir functions.
Honduran and Nicaraguan Mayors culminate the WSSC visit by covered treatment tanks.
During the program, participants developed individual Civic Action Plans which will be implemented upon return to their municipalities. CIED will host a follow-up conference in Central America in January 2007 to review the progress of the Mayors in implementing their action plans.
Mr. Scott Fleming, Georgetown University, and Ms. Laverne Johnson, U.S. Department of State award a graduation diploma to Ms. Dora Maria Gurdian Ortiz, Vice-Mayor of Leon, Nicaragua.
For additional information about the Central American Mayors Program, please contact Mr. Paul Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org.