National Black Caucus Region 13
District 3 Councilwoman Sylvia Morrow was elected to a committee of the National Black Caucus of Local Officials when she attended the National League of Cities Summit in Los Angeles Nov. 7-10.
Morrow was elected deputy director for Region 13 of Louisiana during the meeting that was in the Los Angeles Convention Center. The city summit was based on fairness, focused on shared opportunity and sustainability and founded on innovation. Councilpersons, mayors, city employees and governmental officials attended. “Officials attending this conference sent a powerful message that when leaders work together, they can deliver a healthier, more prosperous future for generations to come,” Morrow said. There were over 3,500 delegates networking with officials from around the country to create an online platform that will help peers energize their municipal fleet.
City leaders engaged with peers to find solutions to shared challenges. Delegates heard from experts on economic development, sustainability, infrastructure investments and public safety issues. There were sessions on human development, transportation and infrastructure services and housing development. Morrow joined others on a mobile tour to the Watts District. The tour was entitled, “Watts Rising: How Community Led Change Made Lasting Impacts on Housing, Public Safety and Local Environment.” Other seminars she attended were “Cannabis Regulations and Cities: What Elected Officials Need to Know”; How Innovation Apps are changing the Public Safety Market Place,”; and “Strong Southern Communities Initiative Roundtable Issues.”
The first general session featured Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Bob Schultze, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony. The keynote speaker was CNN and Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships at Atlantic Media, Ron Brownstein. He spoke on utilizing partnerships to create the hub of clean tech innovation. The Democratic National Breakfast meeting was on Friday. Democrats packed the conference room to hear speakers encourage delegates to work for their party and share the message of strength for the party with their friends at home. Democrats who won their elections were congratulated by the presiding official.
The final general session featured the presentation of John J. Stutz Awards for 50-year milestones and distinguished service to cities. On the program were Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David Cohen, Starbucks Vice President of Public Affairs John Kelly, Antoinette Samuel and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. The former First Lady of California, Maria Shriver, gave closing remarks. The final seminars that Morrow attended were hosted by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials who elected her deputy director for Region 13 of Louisiana. Morrow plans to work with other elected officials from the state on housing development for low and moderate income citizens. She shared her vision with those attending.
The host city closing event was a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. The visit was hosted by NLC Corporate Partner and host city sponsor, Comcast. Morrow met with several groups at Universal Studios. “The National City Summit was about vision and focusing on issues that mattered to all delegates,” morrow said. “Experts presented information and knowledge that will help prepare the city for the future.” The city summit delivered over 30 workshops, over 15 solutions sessions and over 15 NLC university seminars on topics such as community and economic development; future of work, automation, preemption, public health and safety, energy, infrastructure issue, finance and management, race and equity; and big ideas for small cities and general sessions for municipal leaders.
“The City Summit allowed me to make new connections and to engage with peers from around the country and find solution to our shared challenges,” Morrow said.