National Urban League Selects St. Louis for 2017 National Conference
During its 2015 Gala in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on Aug. 1, the National Urban League announced it has selected St. Louis as the host city for its 2017 Annual Conference. Assembled for the announcement were dignitaries from St. Louis and the National Urban League. (pictured left to right) Michael McMillan, president of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Ambassador Andrew Young; Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League; Mayor Francis Slay, City of St. Louis; Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission and Michael Neidorff, chairman, Board of Directors of the National Urban League and CEO of Centene Corporation.
“We want to thank the leadership of the National Urban League for selecting St. Louis as the host city for their Annual Conference in July of 2017. This event will bring more than 3,800 attendees to St. Louis, as well as their Youth Leadership Summit that will take place concurrently at Washington University for approximately 350 young people. Overall, it is projected they will use more than 6,000 hotel room nights, generating an economic impact of $3.2 million in direct spending for our region.
It takes a team effort to secure a national event like this conference. Key to our successful bid was the steadfast support and hard work of several community leaders, including Michael Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene Corporation and the Chairman of the National Urban League; Michael McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Mayor Francis Slay and Washington University for their support of the NULITES Youth Leadership Summit.
Most importantly, we appreciate the Urban League’s commitment to address the challenges faced by African American communities across the country, including here in St. Louis. This is a unique opportunity for our region to further participate in these important discussions, and we appreciate the confidence they’ve shown by selecting us as their convention home in 2017. Again, our entire hospitality community looks forward to welcoming them.”
Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe
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