SOURCE: TV Worldwide

November 13, 2008 07:20 ET

National League of Cities Taps TV Worldwide to Webcast Congress of Cities and Exposition, November 13-15 on NLC TV, Live From Orlando

IBM, National Crime Prevention Council, CH2MHILL OMI, ICMA-RC, Millennium Risk Managers, Utility Services Communications, Nationwide Insurance and GovPartner Step up to Sponsor Important Webcast at www.NLCTV.org

CHANTILLY, VA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2008) - TV Worldwide, a fast-growing web-based global TV network, announced that it was selected again to webcast the National League of Cities' (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition, live from Orlando via NLC's Internet TV channel, National League of Cities TV (NLC-TV, www.NLCTV.org), beginning at 8:45 am (ET) on Thursday, November 13, 2008. Main webcast sponsor IBM will have a corporate presentation featured as part of the webcast. Other sponsors include National Crime Prevention Council, CH2MHILL OMI, ICMA-RC, Millennium Risk Managers, Utility Services Communications, Nationwide Insurance and GovPartner.

TV Worldwide is a partner with NLC in the development of NLC TV and will webcast keynotes, addresses, and interviews surrounding the Congress of Cities and Exposition in both live and archived formats.

"We are living in a visual society. If we want to be at the cutting edge, we've got to use new technologies and NLC TV is exactly that," said Donald J. Borut, NLC's Executive Director. "What we're doing here is making it possible to provide information that is web-based, that is digital, and that can be used by local elected officials and their citizens, to be able to communicate what is happening in our cities."

"We are excited about again being selected to webcast this important event for the fifth consecutive year," commented Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of TVWorldwide.com. "We applaud NLC for working with us to deploy the latest in streaming media and webcasting technology on NLC TV to foster interactive communication among cities across the country. With all the event activities, including the addresses from several mayors, we again expect a huge audience and we are preparing our servers to accommodate the webcast."

In the midst of the current economic outlook, municipal leaders will be meeting to discuss innovative programs and solutions that serve the needs of the nation's hometowns. The Congress of Cities and Exposition will encourage city leaders to exchange best practices and new program ideas that provide economic opportunities, make available more affordable housing, ensure public safety, and allow more effective interaction with state and federal agencies.

Local municipal leaders will be joined by author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Thomas Freidman, who is expected to address the economic downturn, how to create sustainable communities in response to climate change and high energy costs.

Participants will also hear a special panel session of mayors sharing their successes in finding new approaches to improving the lives of families and children and helping their cities go "green." Moderating the mayors' panel will be the host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," Michele Norris.

Panelists include:

--  Mayor John Hickenlooper of Denver
--  Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. of Charleston
--  Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis
--  Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City
    

"Local leaders face the hard realities of our nation's economic downturn everyday," said Donald J. Borut, NLC's executive director. "Especially in difficult times, city leaders must deliver services responding to the needs of families, maintain the nation's infrastructure, and bolster economic opportunities. The Congress of Cities is a unique opportunity for our nation's local leaders to hear the creative solutions implemented by their peers."

NLC's agenda for this year's congress includes more than 30 workshops on cities' most pressing issues, including strengthening sustainable home ownership, capital budgeting and planning, and wastewater treatment. Congress of Cities attendees will also participate in mobile workshops, which allow attendees to see the work Orlando has performed in neighborhood revitalization, housing, and the arts. The Congress of Cities is also sponsoring an opportunity to help low-income children in Orlando by working with KaBOOM!, Kool-Aid and the City of Orlando in rebuilding a playground in only one day.

The webcast will be available live where local event connectivity is available and fully archived for later viewing at www.NLCTV.org and www.tvworldwide.com. Participants should have the free Windows Media Player installed prior to the event and should test their set up before the webcast. Questions can be directed to 703-961-9250, ext 229 before and during the event.

About the National League of Cities and NLC TV

The National League of Cities, the oldest and largest national organization representing cities in the U.S., seeks to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance.

The goal of NLC TV is to create a customized community-based Internet TV channel that will facilitate the dissemination of NLC information to the public and partner cities, foster communication with and feedback from these partner cities, provide interactive e-mail, chat and collaborative features that will enhance the utility of the channel and facilitate educational and public/press awareness. The dedicated NLC Internet TV channel is being configured with an initial dynamic utility infrastructure to evolve as the public and city partner users become familiar with the functionality and request capabilities to accomplish a range of live and archived presentation functions.

About TV Worldwide

Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com) developed the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector. Known by many in the industry as "Internet TV for Smart People," Fortune 500 companies, 15 federal government agencies, and numerous International associations including the National Association of Broadcasters, utilize TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company's unique achievements in new media, TV Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast the Daytime Emmy Awards and the 59th Annual Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering in both 2007 and 2008. CEO Dave Gardy has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy also currently serves as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA) (www.webcasters.org).

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