The three leading candidates for mayor of Atlanta have confirmed that they will participate in a discussion about the city’s future as an international business center to be held at the World Trade Center downtown from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

          The discussion featuring Gloria Bromell-Tinubu, Shirley Franklin and Robb Pitts will be hosted by the World Trade Education Foundation and is sponsored by the law firm Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue and the GlobalFax news service.

          Jeffrey Rosensweig, professor and associate dean of corporate relations at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a commentator for CNN Headline News, is to be the moderator.

          The candidates are to discuss issues such as the role of the mayor’s office in the promotion of international trade and economic development in Atlanta and the management of Hartsfield International Airport.

Other issues such as how the city can improve the quality of life for its residents through the recognition of its diverse communities also are to be addressed. The candidates have been asked to describe the ways that as mayor they would improve awareness of Atlanta outside of the U.S. as a good place to do business.

A reception is to begin at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar and the discussion is to begin at 6:15 p.m.

The event is expected to attract business people from throughout the metro Atlanta area and is open to the public. An entrance fee will not be charged. Because of limited seating, however, attendees must make reservations by calling Patrick Tonui of the World Trade Center.

Mr. Tonui may be reached by fax at (404) 880-1555 or by calling (404) 880-1550.