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Black Municipal Leaders Gather In DC


White House Office of Urban Affairs Director to Address Local Officials


Washington, DC– Members of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC LEO) will gather in Washington, DC, for the 2010 National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congressional City Conference to discuss innovative solutions to many of the issues facing cities.  Economic development, job creation, public safety and improving the lives of families and children are all topics that will be addressed.


NBC LEO will also present its City Cultural Diversity Awards, recognizing city programs which encourage citizen involvement and show an appreciation of cultural diversity.  Adolfo Carrion, Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, will address attendees at the Monday, March 15 Celebrate Diversity Breakfast.


For more information or to download a preliminary conference schedule, visithttp://www.nlc.org/pressroom/conferencepresspage.aspx.


WHO: African American leaders from across the country

            Adolfo Carrion, Director, White House Office of Urban Affairs


WHAT: National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congressional City Conference


WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

                 Washington, DC


WHEN: March 15, 2010, 7:15am



NBC LEO Activities


Sunday, March 14, 5:45pm-7:30pm

·         National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 15, 7:15am-8:45am

·         Celebrate Diversity Breakfast (announcement of the City Cultural Diversity Awards)

o   Adolfo Carrion, Director, White House Office of Urban Affairs

Monday, March 15, 5:45pm-6:45pm

·         National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials General Membership Meeting

Monday, March 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm
National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and Congressional Black Caucus Dinner

o   Several Congressmen Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are invited



General Sessions

Monday, March 15, 9:00am-10:30am

·         Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

·         Ronald O. Loveridge, Mayor, Riverside, Calif., NLC President

Monday, March 15, 3:45pm-5:00pm

·         Secretary Ray LaHood, Department of Transportation

·         Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education

·         Secretary Steven Chu, Department of Energy


Tuesday, March 16, 9:00am-10:15am

·         Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Agriculture

·         Secretary Gary Locke, Department of Commerce

·         Adolfo Carrion, Director, White House Office of Urban Affairs

·         Karen G. Mills, Administrator, Small Business Administration


Tuesday, March 16, 3:45pm-5:00pm

·         Secretary Shaun Donovan, Department of Housing and Urban Development



Workshops of Note


Monday, March 15, 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Federal Programs for Family Economic Stability

    • Tom Heinemann, Director, Intergovernmental Relations, Homeownership Preservation Office, Department of the Treasury

    • Michelle Green, Department of the Treasury

  • From Preschool to Post-Secondary: The Federal, State and Local Roles in Supporting Lifelong Learning

    • St. Paul, Minn., Mayor, Christopher Coleman

  • New Paths and Partnerships in Public Safety

    • Jack Calhoun, Director, California Cities Gang Prevention Network

    • A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of National Drug Policy

    • Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice

    • David Buchanan, Acting Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Department of Justice

Monday, March 15, 1:45pm-3:15pm

  • Health and Wellness: Prescription for Healthier Cities

    • David Schwartz, professional staff, Senate Finance Committee

    • Marilyn Rice, Senior Advisor in Health Promotion, Leader, Health Determinants and Health Promotion Team, Area for Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, Pan American Health Organization

    • Chip Johnson, Mayor, Hernando, Miss.

  • Successful Neighborhood Stabilization Programs

    • Mercedes Marquez, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development

    • Pat Costigan, Senior Vice President, The Community Builders

Tuesday, March 16, 1:45pm-3:15pm

·         Putting People to Work

o   Scott Cheney, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Labor and Employment, US Senate

o   Terri Bergman, National Association of Workforce Boards



The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) was established in 1970 as a constituency group of the National League of Cities to advocate for the interests of African-American local elected officials. Its mission is to provide African American municipal officials and their colleagues with forums to share ideas, discussion groups to develop strategies for improving municipal governance, debates on policy issues, and programs that contribute to the success of America’s cities and towns.


The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.




Gregory Minchak




Amanda Straub



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