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Mayor Kincannon travels to Israel as part of 'Project Interchange' with seven other U.S. mayors

Project Interchange is a program by the American Jewish Committee, and they said Kincannon was a part of the fifth delegation of U.S. Mayors to participate.

JERUSALEM, Israel — Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon joined seven other U.S. mayors in a program that brought a delegation to Israel.

According to a press release from the American Jewish Committee, Project Interchange is expected to last a week. They said it is meant to give the mayors a first-hand understanding of the country's democracy and its technologies.

They said this was the fifth delegation of U.S. Mayors to participate in the annual seminar. It was organized in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, according to a release from AJC.

The full list of mayors who participated in Project Interchange is available below.

  • Bryan Barnett, Rochester Hills, MI
  • Quentin Hart, Waterloo, IA
  • Indya Kincannon, Knoxville, TN
  • Jim Ross, Arlington, TX
  • Andy Schor, Lansing, MI
  • Scott Singer, Boca Raton, FL
  • Levar Stoney, Richmond VA
  •  Vince Williams, Union City, GA

As part of the program, they will meet with municipal and civil society leaders. The press release said they are expected to discuss how to lead diverse cities, integrate immigrants, address homelessness and help people living with disabilities.

It said the U.S. mayors would also meet with academics to discuss Israeli politics and culture.

They are expected to head to Ramallah, a Palestinian city in The West Bank, as part of the program. There, the press release said they would meet with other civic leaders as well as business leaders.

The mayors are also expected to visit the Old City of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Israel's borders with Lebanon and Gaza.

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