Devlin and ROOST will attend the Olympic celebration in Greece | News, Sports, Jobs
LAKE PLACID — The Mayor of Lake Placid, Art Devlin, and the Chief Operating Officer of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, Mary Jane Lawrence, will travel to Athens, Greece, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Union of Cities Olympics from May 22 to 24.
The village board unanimously agreed to use funds set aside for travel to pay for the mayor’s airfare, which village treasurer Mindy Goddeau said would cost about $650. $ round trip. Goddeau said there is a contingency fund in the village budget for items like these. She said she understood that Devlin would pay any additional costs while in Greece. Goddeau said the village does not cover Lawrence’s plane tickets.
Devlin is a member of the WUOC Board of Directors. The village and ROOST are joint members of WUOC, and Devlin said that’s why a representative from each organization visits Athens. He said that’s also why they shared the travel expenses.
The event itinerary includes “on-site visits” which, according to Devlin, usually includes visiting former Olympic venues. For this trip, Devlin said, site visits would go way back in time — Athens was the birthplace of the Olympics. Venues like the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, first used for the Panathenaic Games in 330 BC. AD, hosted events during the first official Olympic Games in 1896.
The itinerary also lists “presentations” as an event. Devlin said he wasn’t asked to give a presentation, although that doesn’t mean he won’t. He said that last year, when he traveled to Copenhagen with former village mayor Craig Randall for the WUOC Smart Cities and Sports Summit, he received about 10 minutes’ notice to prepare a speech that was broadcast around the world.