For Immediate Release: October 22, 2007
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Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Selects Baltimore for 2010 Conference
(BALTIMORE, MD) — Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association (BACVA) announced today that the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) will host its annual training conference and exhibition in Baltimore July 7-15, 2010. The Mayor and BACVA President and CEO Tom Noonan were joined by NOBLE executives and law enforcement officials from around the region at the Bishop L. Robinson Sr. Police Administration building for the announcement.
Founded in 1976, NOBLE is an influential association whose members represent the top levels of command in city and county police departments as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies around the country. NOBLE's mission is to ensure equity in the administration of justice and provide solutions to crime issues facing our communities, including public programming, training and education. Bishop Robinson, Baltimore's first African American police commissioner, is one of NOBLE's founding fathers.
Approximately 2,000 high-profile law enforcement commanders and leaders from across the country are expected to attend the 2010 meeting. The NOBLE conference will generate an estimated $2 million in direct spending for the city and utilize more than 5,300 total hotel room nights.
"I am honored as president of this organization to bring the national conference to my hometown and I am proud to support Mayor Dixon's crime prevention efforts in this region," said Doug DeLeaver, NOBLE's national president and retired chief of police for the MTA police department.
"The NOBLE conference is another feather in Baltimore's cap because it demonstrates the confidence these law enforcement executives have in our city's growth and progress," said Mayor Dixon. "NOBLE's core values are very important to my administration, and we look forward to the continued collaboration and dialogue about making Baltimore's and America's streets safer."
NOBLE's annual training conference and exhibition includes training sessions for law enforcement officers, business and networking opportunities, and dedicated programming for family members and youth participants. Throughout the nine-day conference, planners will utilize various Baltimore locations for special events and programming in addition to the space reserved at the Baltimore Convention Center.
"The local NOBLE chapter, headed by Bill Downing, was a great partner
in bringing the 2010 conference to Baltimore," said Noonan. "This
booking is a perfect example of how locally based groups can play a key
role in bringing convention business to Baltimore by leveraging their
national contacts and memberships."
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The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association (BACVA), a membership-based organization, is the official destination development and marketing leader for Greater Baltimore, responsible for generating incremental economic benefits to the community through the attraction of convention and leisure visits.
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