Kirklees Council’s leader could be swapping Huddersfield for Los Angeles.
Clr David Sheard and a council officer have been invited to the Californian state to take part in a three-day conference of 300 of the world’s mayors and leaders.
All travel, accommodation and subsistence costs are met by conference organisers, with Kirklees saying it expects only a small amount of expense to cover costs such as refreshments.
But Clr Sheard’s attendance at the overseas trip first has to be approved by his fellow Cabinet colleagues.
Clr Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Kirklees to build relationships with – and learn from – some of the most innovative, influential and forward-thinking experts in public policy.
“We can showcase our own approach to innovation and change, but we will also extend our networks so that we maximise our chances of winning funding and building successful partnerships in the future.
“For Kirklees to be recognised on the world stage by such influential people is a very positive sign and we should see it as a positive recognition of the excellent work carried out by the Council.”
The CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges Conference will be held in LA from September 28-30.
The event will see some the world’s mayors, leaders, urban experts, city planners, writers, technologists, economists and designers meet to swap ideas.
Kirklees has been invited as it is a finalist in the Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge - a competition that could net the borough up to 5m Euros.
Its bid, based on the concept of a sharing economy, promotes collaboration between the council, community organisations and residents and it has been shortlisted in the final.
A decision on the winning bid is expected later this month.
CityLab is aimed at giving leaders from around the world the chance to share ideas for use in their own areas and Kirklees says it’s a chance to showcase their own ideas on the global stage and make new contacts.
A decision on Clr Sheard’s attendance will be made by Cabinet members next Tuesday.