Conference to focus on job creation, housing, health and various civic issues
The National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM), in partnership with the City of Atlanta, will convene NCBM’s 38th Annual Convention May 30 – June 3, 2012. The convention, headquartered at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel and Convention Center, 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, youth and academics to the economic hub of the South for the purpose of advancing municipal development.
“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. 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.”
Collectively, NCBM members lead more than 48 million constituents throughout the nation. More than 250 members are expected to attend its 2012 Annual Convention in Atlanta, with a large assembly of international delegations from Africa, South America, Europe and the Caribbean, along with special appearances from key international leaders. Atlanta Mayor and NCBM member Kasim Reed will serve as official host. “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,” 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 conference will address some of our communities’ most pressing issues, such as job creation, housing, health, sustainability, green technology, international trade, good governance and ethics, broadband and more. It will include relevant 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 to empower leadership on the local level, articulate public policy positions and serves as a clearinghouse of information pertinent to municipal development and financing. It also provides technical and management assistance through cutting-edge research.
“This convention is unique to other conferences we’ve hosted in years past,” said Executive Director Vanessa R. Williams. “The needs of our cities are reflected in every aspect of municipal government: from housing, job creation, infrastructure development and sustainability, and financial literacy to name a few. Therefore, we have focused our efforts on creating a conference that allows our membership to truly access the resources needed to benefit their individual communities. While we are all similar, each community is unique in its own right. The presenters we’ve assembled are tuned in to the needs of our nation’s communities and will address those needs. Ultimately, we are producing an environment that allows our membership to tap into resources that bring change within their communities and our nation.”
NCBM is excited about the partnerships emerging with the Atlanta business community as a result of the conference. With Atlanta as the host city and the National Office headquarters, the organization is positioned to further enhance and birth new relationships within the business community. Working closely with local businesses, civic and hospitality industry organizations, the convention will also have a positive impact on the local economy.
Sponsors for the National Conference of Black Mayors convention are the City of Atlanta, United Water, John Deere, Comcast, AT&T, Kemi Construction, Arcadis, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Wal-Mart, Aetna, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Georgia Power, Stewart Bros, Inc., and Cracker Barrel.
The National Conference of Black Mayors looks forward to convening its 38th Annual Convention and experiencing Atlanta’s irrefutable Southern hospitality next month.