Lot-et-Garonne: The mayors’ fair is back for a second edition

“The place to be for mayors and territorial agents”, this is how Jean Dionis, mayor of Agen and president of the Association of Mayors of Lot-et-Garonne (AdM47) sums up the future edition of the trade fair. mayors of Lot-et-Garonne. This unmissable event, scheduled for October 11 at Agen Agora, promises to be even more ambitious than the first edition.

It must be said that the first edition was encouraging: around fifty exhibitors showed up, attracting around 1000 visitors, including mayors and local officials. Over a single day, elected officials and community employees were able to discover numerous partners, benefit from enriching workshops and attend thematic conferences. The AdM47 General Assembly even brought together 200 mayors to close this fruitful day.

Lots of hesitation to leave

The current context in which mayors exercise their mandate is particularly complex and uncertain. Between the health crisis, the social crisis and the financial crisis, there is no shortage of challenges. Many mayors find the role increasingly difficult, to the point that some of them are hesitant to run again in the next municipal elections in 2026. This trend is illustrated by an unprecedented number of resignations, both nationally and ‘at the local level. In fact, the number of resignations over the last three years has equaled that of the previous six years. Furthermore, attacks, whether physical or verbal, against elected officials have also increased alarmingly, with an increase of 32%, going from 1720 to 2265 incidents nationally.

In this difficult context, AdM47 hopes that this congress will respond to a real need of local elected officials and territorial agents who cannot always attend major national congresses. Jean Dionis, surrounded by numerous mayors such as Guillaume Lepers, Henri Tandonnet, Christian Girardi, Daniel Borie, Laurence Benlloch, and Paulette Laborde, announced the renewal of this major local meeting. The objective is clear: to do better than the previous year by increasing the number of exhibitors to 80 for this new edition.

Strengthen links between elected officials and partners

To attract even more participants and meet the expectations of elected officials and territorial agents, the conference program will be rich and diversified. The workshops, round tables and conferences offered will be open to agents, executives and territorial leaders, in order to offer them a space for discussion and training on varied and relevant themes. Only the General Assembly of AdM47 will be reserved exclusively for elected officials, thus allowing a privileged moment of consultation and decision between mayors.

Although the precise program is still being developed, the organizers are already promising quality interventions and constructive exchanges. Experts and practitioners will speak on current topics and concrete issues, providing answers and solutions to the concerns of local communities. This second edition of the congress of mayors of Lot-et-Garonne aims to strengthen the link between elected officials and their partners, while providing a framework conducive to reflection and innovation.

In short, the Lot-et-Garonne mayors’ fair promises to be an unmissable event for territorial stakeholders. It represents a unique opportunity to meet, exchange and find common solutions to the growing challenges that communities must face.

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