Petersburg nationally recognized for cultural diversity efforts in community

From left-to-right: City Manager William E. Johnson, Mayor W. Howard Myers & Brian Little, Director of Cultural Arts, Tourism and Museums

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A national organization has recognized Petersburg among a handful of cities nationwide for its efforts to promote cultural diversity within its community.

The National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) on Wednesday recognized seven cities – Bellevue, Wash., Gainesville, Fla., Cupertino, Calif., Beaverton, Ore., District Heights, Md., Town of Pembroke, Park, Fla. and Petersburg – for implementing programs that enhance and promote cultural diversity in their communities at the “Celebrate Diversity Breakfast” during NLC’s Congressional City Conference in Washington.

The NBC-LEO City Cultural Diversity Awards recognize municipal programs that encourage citizen involvement and honor cities that develop creative and effective programs designed to improve and promote cultural diversity through a collaborative process with city officials, community leaders and residents.

Petersburg garnered the honor for being home to the three-day International Film Festival held on October 15-17, 2014, which featured an array of diverse films, panel discussions with prominent actors, workshops, musical events, food, product and equipment presentations at a variety of venues throughout the city.

The City Cultural Diversity Awards program was established in 1995 to promote cultural diversity in community governance.

Click here for more information on the City Cultural Diversity Awards, and here for information on Petersburg city services.

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