Mayor’s Office of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/30/12
Mayor Kasim Reed to Serve as the Official Host of the 38th Annual National Conference of Black Mayors Convention
Gathering of 250+ African-American leaders begins today through June 3, 2012
Mayor Kasim Reed will serve as the Official Host of the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) during the organization’s 38th Annual Convention in the City of Atlanta from May 30 – June 3, 2012. The convention, held at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, will bring NCBM mayoral members, local and statewide elected officials, Congressional leaders, federal department representatives, foreign dignitaries, civic leaders, corporate representatives, educators, entrepreneurs, community organizers, and academics to the city for the purpose of advancing municipal development.
“As leaders of large urban cities and rural areas, mayors play a vital role in ensuring the future economic growth and safety of our nation as we address challenges at home and increasing global competition from emerging economies,” Mayor Reed said. “Crumbling transportation infrastructure, joblessness and failing public schools are issues that mayors tackle on a daily basis.”
“The National Conference of Black Mayors gives urban and rural leaders an important forum to share ideas about potential solutions to the pressing issues that face our communities and nation at large, and this year’s theme, “Mayors, Agents for Change: Thinking Global, Acting Local,” could not be more important or timely.”
The National Conference of Black Mayors represents more than 650 African-American mayors across the nation. More than 250 members are expected to attend the 2012 Atlanta convention with a large assembly of international delegations from Africa, South America, Europe and the Caribbean.
“NCBM’s Annual Convention provides the opportunity for urban and rural mayors to collaborate with local leaders, high level officials and public and private partners to address the issues mayors face daily,” said Robert L. Bowser, National Conference of Black Mayors President and Mayor of East Orange, NJ. “Atlanta’s history as the cradle of Civil Rights and its evolvement into a 21st Century megalopolis known as an economic and political powerhouse guided by Mayor Kasim Reed, leads us in selecting this culturally diverse city as the location for the convention.”
Bowser added: “With 2012 being such an important year, Atlanta will prove to be the ideal location for the convention as we connect with key policy makers on the topics of the economy, job creation, healthcare and foreign policy. This convention is the perfect time and place for our organization to unite in showing our girth and legacy through a united voice as we work towards improving municipal development for our communities nationwide.”
The conference will feature topics on some of the nation’s most pressing issues, such as job creation, housing, health, sustainability, green technology, international trade, good governance and ethics, broadband and more. The convention will feature intriguing workshops, panel discussions, and addresses by some of the top political leaders.
Prominent leaders scheduled to appear include Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama; Reta Jo Lewis, Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs; President Macky Sall, The Republic of Senegal; Vice President Angelino Garzon, The Republic of Colombia, Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica; Ambassador Neil Parsan, Trinidad & Tobago; Congressman John Conyers, John Hope Bryant, OperationHOPE; and Ambassador Andrew Young.
Founded in 1974, the National Conference of Black Mayors works towards the empowerment of leadership on the local level, articulating public policy positions and serving as a clearinghouse of information pertinent to municipal development and financing. It also provides technical and management assistance through research.
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