NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jonathan Barfield, Jr. has been invited to attend the Washington, DC-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies for a Roundtable on Sunday, December 6 through Tuesday, December 8 at George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public policy organization that produces innovative, high-impact ideas, research, and policy solutions that have a positive impact on people and communities of color. The organization works with a nonpartisan network of innovative elected and appointed officials of color and scholars for whom this goal is a priority. The Joint Center uses policy roundtables, research reports, and targeted media to reach our key audiences of innovative officials of color and other thought leaders.
The Roundtable, which will include 25 African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Native American elected officials around the county, will meet with key federal officials, academics, think tank, and non-profit leaders. Topics that will be addressed include: workforce development, economic development, public/private partnerships, and the challenges facing voters of color.
Congressional leaders such as U.S. House Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn will meet with the participants. The Roundtable also includes a briefing at the White House.
“It is an honor to have been invited to this gathering of fellow elected leaders to address issues that are so important to our community,” said Barfield. “I am delighted to also have this opportunity to help reengage an organization with a 44 year history as it develops a strategy to strengthen its status as one of the nation’s leading research institutions on public policy affecting communities of color.”
Barfield will be available to the media during the conference.
Ruth Ravitz Smith