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Winston-Salem will host elected officials from across North Carolina Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7 - 9, during the 2009 annual conference of North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Building Community Capacities in 2009-2010.” James H. Johnson Jr., the director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver the keynote address on Saturday.

Johnson’s current research interests include how to create highly competitive and sustainable business enterprises and communities in an era of economic uncertainty and global insecurity. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly research articles and three research monographs.

Johnson is scheduled to speak at 12:45 p.m. The public is invited to hear his speech at no charge. Tickets for those wishing to participate in a luncheon beforehand are available for $20 and should be reserved in advance by calling 727-2224.

Other sessions at the conference will discuss building municipal financial capacity; offender re-entry programs that harness the abilities of recently released and paroled offenders and their families; and building community capacity by tapping into neighborhood associations and community development corporations.

All sessions will be held at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center. Registration for this year’s conference opens at noon on Friday, Aug. 7, followed by tours of housing and economic development initiatives in Winston-Salem from 1 to 5 p.m.

A breakfast and business session Saturday morning will present updates on activities of the N.C. League of Municipalities and the National League of Cities. Saturday’s sessions will conclude with a legislative overview provided by N.C. Rep. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth.
No sessions have been scheduled for Friday or Saturday evening, to afford attendees the opportunity to attend the National Black Theatre Festival.

 

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