WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) celebrated 30 years of public service excellence at its recent 2013 Annual FORUM in Atlanta, Ga. Founded in 1983, NFBPA was one of the first organizations dedicated to the advancement of black professionals in local government. More than 700 local government leaders from approximately 500 municipalities attended the FORUM. ICMA-RC is a national sponsor of the FORUM and a longtime supporter of the organization.
FORUM keynote speakers included Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and CEO of the King Center; Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Blair Taylor, Chief Community Officer of Starbucks; and Dr. Rodney Cohen, Assistant Dean of Yale College and Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center. The keynote addresses reflected on NFBPA's history and the FORUM theme, "Equity, Access and Opportunity: Celebrating 30 Years of Public Service Excellence."
ICMA-RC Senior Vice President, Chief Operations and Marketing Officer, Gregory Dyson, who gave opening remarks at the Marks of Excellence awards banquet, applauding the organization's vital mission and recognizing the contributions of local government leaders in public service, said, "Whether it is a hurricane, blizzard or other natural disaster, local community protest and unrest, or just the normal course of day-to-day government business, you keep order, ensure calm and engage the citizenry to do the very best for our communities." Dyson went on to congratulate NFBPA on 30 years of service excellence and thanked its leaders for their dedication to the advancement of local government.
For more highlights from the NFBPA annual FORUM, visit www.nfbpa.org.
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The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is the principal organization dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments. An independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1983, the NFBPA has established a national reputation for designing and implementing quality leadership development initiatives of unparalleled success. Its over 2,600 members can be found managing public programs and agencies in more than 350 jurisdictions nationwide. Forty chapters support the growth of the organization at the local level.