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.