WWNO News Reports
9:14 pm
Sat December 4, 2010

National Urban League Selects New Orleans For 2012 Conference

New Orleans, La. – Former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial - now President of the National Urban League - was back at City Hall to make the announcement.

"We are just certainly honored to be able to be a part of showcasing the new direction the strong efforts to rebuild the city, but also to highlight all of the important unfinished work that has to be done in post-Katrina."

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the conference will focus national attention on the city, as well as attract money.

"Just the economic development potential that comes when we have leaders from all over the country as well as the economic impact for having a national conference, it's a win, win, win situation for us."

Nolan Rollins is president of the New Orleans affiliate of the National Urban League.

"This is our Super Bowl. For an organization like ours to have our national conference held in New Orleans. It doesn't get any better than that. And I think in a recovery area for us as an organization this is the thing that we most look forward to."

The conference will be held at the end of July 2012 at the Convention Center named after Morial's father. It's expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors with an overall economic impact of $10 million dollars.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming