Posted on: July 1 2010Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in New York today to be on hand for an announcement that New Orleans will host the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors.
New Orleans to host major volunteer conference in 2011
Michelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune
Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in New York today to be on hand for an announcement that New Orleans will host the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu.jpgMatthew Hinton / The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
New Orleans' selection as next year's host comes as local leaders continue to bang the drum that the city's tourism industry remains intact despite damage to the coastal ecosystem, including the fishing industry, from the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The meeting will be held June 6, 7 and 8, 2011.
About 5,000 people are attending this year's three-day conference in New York City, which ends today. During a 12:30 p.m. conference call, conference officials will formally name New Orleans the 2011 host, as well as discuss efforts to mobilize volunteers along the Gulf Coast to preserve the environment and aid communities affected by the BP oil spill.
"Perhaps no other city in American understands and appreciates the power of community service and the value of volunteerism," Landrieu said in a prepared statement. "Our city, indeed our entire region, would not be as far along in our post-Katrina recovery without the time, talent and treasure of all those who were so generous in helping us in our time of great need."
Landrieu traveled to New York with Brooke Smith, his director of strategic partnerships, City Hall spokesman Ryan Berni said. They are slated to return this evening. The trip cost about $1,800.
Landrieu began campaigning to bring the event to New Orleans while serving as lieutenant governor, a post he vacated in May when he became mayor, Berni said.
The conference is a project of the Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through various programs.