Three major African American organizations with close to 5,000 members working in education, government, and law enforcement will gather in Greater Fort Lauderdale for their summer conferences in July to tackle an array of issues facing the country’s urban communities today.

The United Negro College Fund will meet in Fort Lauderdale for the first time July 23-25, drawn by the special appeal of the area.  “It’s an excellent location for meetings and for vacation and the pricing is great,” said Program Coordinator Ecedra McGlone. The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) conference July 25-28 and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers (NOBLE) July 28-Aug. 4 will be return visits and those groups will partner with the GFLCVB on local outreach efforts during their stay.

The NBC-LEO, created in 1970 as a constituency of the National League of Cities, works closely with other high-profile African American organizations on the policy development process reflecting the concerns of African American communities in terms of community investment, tourism, and economic development. Those issues are also reflected in the CVB’s Multicultural Business Development’s ongoing initiatives.

NOBLE’s members represent various law enforcement agencies in 50 chapters worldwide who are working on developing community partnerships to help reduce violence, delinquency crime and quality of life in neighborhoods. During their conference, the criminal justice leaders will join a community awareness march from the culturally-diverse Broward County city of Miramar to Miami Gardens.