Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Many NLC Workshops Will Focus on Issues of Diversity

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Many NLC Workshops Will Focus on Issues of Diversity

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Local elected officials will have an opportunity to examine the implications of the changing demographics of America's communities through a variety of workshops at the Congress of Cities. Interactive panel discussions, a mobile tour, and a general session featuring Bryant Gumbel are just a few of the settings where local officials will engage in thought-provoking discussions of how the increasingly diverse nature of our cities affects public policy, service delivery, and municipal workforce management practices.

"Leadership Skills in a Diverse Community," being sponsored by NLC's Diversity and Local Governance Project, will provide an opportunity to hear how elected officials have developed new partnerships to meet the challenges of a changing community. A panel discussion of elected officials will be followed by a mobile tour of Phoenix, highlighting its award-winning, historic neighborhoods and diverse cultural centers. This session will be held on thursday afternoon from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

The June 12 Supreme Court decision in the case of Adarand Constructors v. Pena raises the possibility of major changes for minority business development. "Affirmative Action Under Scrutiny: What Direction to Take to Ensure Minority Business Development" will analyze issues related to local set asides and how to sustain minority enterprises. Sponsored by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), this workshop features speakers from the public and private sector. It will be held on Thursday, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

"Diversity Management in the Municipal Workforce" will be held on Friday from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. to provide local officials with specific examples of how cities approach diversity as part of their municipal management process. Elected officials from city and state government, as well as a representative of the private sector, will discuss their strategies for successfully managing a diverse municipal workforce and developing this diversity into a competitive edge in the global marketplace. …

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