Mayor's Office Response to Possible Detroit Zoo Cuts

Statement by Derrick Miller, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Detroit

Jun 28, 2005, 01:00 ET from City of Detroit

    DETROIT, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Derrick
 Miller, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Detroit:
     Back in April, the City of Detroit and the Zoological Society began
 negotiations on a transfer agreement that would provide a long-term solution
 for the continued vitality and viability of the zoo.  The details of the
 "spin-off agreement" called for the Society to assume governing and management
 authority while the City would retain ownership of the assets, thereby
 creating a private/public sector partnership that has proven to be successful
 in other cities such as Houston, Kansas City and Seattle.
     Immediately, the City of Detroit may not realize the benefits of such a
 partnership, but know that our Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and his
 administration will continue to look for long-range strategies for the zoo and
 our other cultural institutions.

SOURCE City of Detroit