Nutter off to Italy with delegation of mayors

Posted: March 21, 2013

Mayor Nutter will spend the next five days in Florence, Italy, comparing notes on the creative economy with a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and an organization of Italian counterparts.

The full tab for airfare, lodging and meals will be picked up by the Conference of Mayors at no cost to city taxpayers, said Mark McDonald, the mayor's press secretary.

At 10 a.m. Thursday in Florence (5 a.m. Philadelphia time), Nutter will join a panel discussion on culture and sports as contributors to economic development. And, sometime during the five-day conference, Nutter is meet with the sindaco, or mayor, of Florence, Matteo Renzi, to celebrate its sister-city relationship with Philadelphia, dating to 1966.

Nutter was elected president of the Conference of Mayors last June. Other mayors on the trip include his vice president, Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz.; Gregory Ballard of Indianapolis; Greg Fischer of Louisville, Ky.; and Steven Benjamin of Columbia, S.C. Nutter was scheduled to leave Tuesday night and return Sunday. - Bob Warner

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