Conference Highlights

Amazing things to See and Do

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The clinic is designed to create a fun and exciting atmosphere while learning the fundamentals of golf. Golf clinics are a great way to meet fellow golfers, build friendships and develop strong skills that will last a lifetime. Previous golf experience is not required. Golf Clinic $60.

  • 9:30 AM   Buses Depart Hilton Cleveland Downtown for Clinic
  • 10:30 AN   Golf Clinic StartClinic
  • 3:30 PM   Return to Hilton Cleveland Downton

Firestone Golf Course: 452 East Warner Rd, Akron Oh 44319
Event Schedule: 6:30 AM Departure for Hilton Cleveland Downtown
Shot Gun Start @ 8:30 AM
Return to Hilton Downtown Cleveland @ 3:30 PM

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Legacy, History, and Culture: Cleveland’s African American Historic Tour

The City of Cleveland is rich with African American legacy, history, and culture. Throughout the city, the impact of African Americans can be felt in the arts, technology, sports, and politics. Enjoy a guided tour highlighting national various destinations ; League Park and Baseball Heritage Museum, which was the home fi eld for the Cleveland Buckeyes (a Negro American League team), the landmark Karamu House, noted as the oldest African-American theater in the country, and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens which features the African American Garden.
Pre-Registration is required @ $25. Lunch included.

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Connecting the Legacy of Industry & Community to Sustainable Growth

You may think Cleveland’s enduring legacy is to be forever known as the “mistake on the lake” The narrative is changing! Are you interested in seeing how Cleveland is becoming a “green city on a blue lake”? Through sustainable practices Cleveland is re-imagining growth, community, and development. Tour highlights will feature the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant built in 1916, the Battery Park neighborhood development which was the site of a former battery plant, the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation which features Merwin’s Wharf and Edgewater Beach House, and fi nally the large scale storm water management feature near the Rid-All Green Partnership in the Kinsman neighborhood.
Pre-Registration is required. Cost is $25 Lunch included.

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Held at Hilton Cleveland Downtown
NFBPA and the League of Women in Government (LWG) partner to provide a workshop to explore ways to help advance women in local government leadership. Learn about efforts underway to propel women in ALL areas of government—administration, public works, police, fire and planning. This event offers opportunities to women (and all others dedicated to the development of women leaders), at the beginning, middle and executive career levels, to EDUCATE, MENTOR and ENCOURAGE participants in a workshop and reception setting.

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Innovation Center Cleveland Hilton Downtown
Due to last year’s popularity, Member’s Meeting will occur on Wednesday evening of FORUM 2018. Come meet with fellow attendees, exhibitors and corporate partners and join the lively exchanges that take place during the FORUM 2018 Members Meet Up on Wednesday evening.

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April 18-20, 2018 Innovation Center | Hilton Cleveland Downtown As members of NFBPA, we know that a proper wardrobe is important to maintaining a positive attitude and establishing a strong first impression. Many who have been disenfranchised or absent from the professional workforce find the professional attire requirement to be an obstacle to re - entry into the workplace. To address this issue and support the reentry into the workplace, NFBPA is sponsoring an Unpack to Impact event. Bring a gently worn suit, professional separates or accessories to be donated to Dress for Success Cleveland (women’s wear) or Suited for Men, a Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland(men’s wear). The clothing items and or accessories should be dropped off at the donation boutique in the Innovation Center. Please also consider a monetary investment to help educate, enhance, encourage, and empower men and women on their journey to economic independence.
cleveland.dressforsuccess.org/ and www.neofathering.net/suited_for_men.asp/

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Cleveland Hilton Downtown. The Opening Session will entail a dynamic panel to engage in a Call To Action discussion of game changing approaches to improve the lives of African Americans. Panelists will be asked to provide their perspective on what steps should be taken to take advantage of lessons learned as we plan for tomorrow’s success.

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The Annual Corporate Luncheon is highly anticipated each year as NFBPA celebrates and recognizes the contributions of our corporate partners for their vital support of its programs and mission. Meet the companies that go beyond what is expected and excel in supporting NFBPA at the Corporate Luncheon. Dress for Success Cleveland and Suited for Men (Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland-Passages) are 501c3 organizations. Participants will receive a donation receipt and your names will be entered into a raffle.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Join the Cleveland Host Chapter as they kick off FORUM 2018 with an evening of Funk and Soul in celebrated Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Stroll through the exhibits of memorabilia and artifacts from legendary artists and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees from Jimmy Hendrix, Earth, Wind & Fire to Tupac Shakur. At this historic site, you will snap your fi ngers and tap your feet to the rhythmic sounds of a National recording funk band. And to top it off, throughout the evening you will enjoysampling local favorites and meet fellow public administrators while you shamelessly dance the night away.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Buses depart at 6:30 pm

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Join your colleagues for breakfast on Friday morning as NFBPA recognizes its recipient for the Hall of Fame Award. The award is to “recognize and honor African Americans in public service whose accomplishments are noteworthy of emulation and who serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement to other in pubic management”. The Hall of Fame Award was created to pay tribute to African Americans who have achieved unprecedented “fi rsts” in public service. Past honorees include Nelson Mandela, Maxine Waters and Thurgood Marshall to name a few.

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Breaking Down Barriers: Government and Community How do we as public officials begin to break down the wall of mistrust that has been created between local government and stakeholders? During this hour and a half conversational workshop, we hope to start the thought process on how to create techniques and resources that will allow attendees to return to their cities and have the conversation with their leaders and establish strategies on how government offi cials can work to eliminate disparities and establish more sustainable and equitable communities. (Lunch Provided)

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Presented by: Aids Health Foundation| Cleveland Hilton Downtown

NFBPA and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) have joined together for this public policy forum to have a candid dialogue on the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African American community and the necessary resources and tools available in building diverse coalitions to develop innovative strategies to achieving health equity goals in areas disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. National leaders in the field will engage attendees in a community dialogue around cutting-edge advocacy campaigns, capacity building and social justice initiatives and developing a community action plan that will shift the paradigm of the HIV epidemic in the African American community across the country. Come participate in a compelling national dialogue on advancing health initiatives and making a difference in communities of color.

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A select number of leading edge companies are invited to bring their corporate workplace to the conference to provide attendees with a look at new services, technology and best practices in targeted areas of interests recently expressed by members and other conference attendees. Each company will have a dedicated area in the Innovation center where conference attendees on an ongoing basis throughout each day will be able to stop and converse.

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Cleveland Rocks…Cleveland Rocks! Join NFBPA for the All Chapters Night as we Rock the Mission! NFBPA members are the driving force to strengthen the position of Blacks within the field of Public Administration.

Learn how the Stokes’ Legacy altered Cleveland as it was once known and etched a new city in the fabric of Cleveland’s history and other major metropolitan cities in the nation. All it takes is one person to change a mind or a mission. See how the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Chapters are doing just that… one city at a time.

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Cleveland Night Out with Laughs featuring Kym Whitley and Friends. One Night Only! Just for NFBPA and friends, Cleveland’s Kym Whitley (Tom Joyner Morning Show, Raising Whitley) will bring us a night of laughs and pointed commentary at the Historic Music Hall at the City of Cleveland’s Public Auditorium. This night of laughter will be good for the soul! Pre-Registration is required.

Cleveland Public Auditorium Music Hall
$20 for Conference Attendees
$35 for Non-Conference Attendees

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Invite your local government officials to join NFBPA as we convene a roundtable of Local Government Officials. Our roundtable is convened each year to address he unique roles our local government offi cials play in providing solutions to challenges facing local governments. Each session brings together more than 30 jurisdictions from across the country to address the pressing issues of today. We welcome participation in the conversation and discussion by attendees.

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Hilton Cleveland Downtown While we celebrate the newest graduates of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) and the Mentor Programs. ELI was established in 1987 as a program dedicated to grooming African American managers for the rigors of executive positions in public service organizations. The Mentor Program is uniquely designed to positively impact the professional development of emerging public administrators.

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