National Conference of Black Mayors 2013 opens annual convention in Atlanta

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National Conference of Black Mayors 39th Annual Convention commenced in Atlanta riding on the theme “Restore, Rebuild, Renew: Leaving No City Behind.”

Just as he did almost exactly one year ago under host Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the convention will produce an “environment conducive to the understanding and success of the informative workshop modules, influential training sessions, dynamic forums and roundtable discussions around vital issues affecting the functioning of local government.”

The NCBM is taking place at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta

from May 29 – June 2, 2013. The National Conference of Black Mayors represents more than 650 African American Mayors across the United States. Collectively its membership represents over 48 million citizens.

The conference is expected to bring together more than 500 of NCBM Member Mayors from across the nation along with large international delegations from Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Europe.

IMG_9473Some of the issues that are going to be broached include:

  • The African Growth and Opportunity Act: This is the bill that President Clinton signed into law in 2000. And local and foreign dignitaries will discuss ways to increase international trade with Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Forum to discuss local and national action steps to take to continue improvement in the cities.
  • The keynote address by Sacramento, Calif., mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson.
  • The National Mayor Forum and Think Tank.

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