The recession is causing organizers to delay a three-day conference designed to give black mayors from six southern states a chance to discuss economic development and the federal stimulus program.
The Gulf Coast Black Mayors Conference was to be held July 12-15 at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., with mayors from Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, and Florida scheduled to attend.
Conference organizer James Gilmore says many mayors who wanted to attend the event are dealing with budget cuts, causing them to be more frugal about travel expenses. Organizers say they now hope the event can be rescheduled for next month.
Officials said the event was designed to give mayors a chance to learn about effective strategies for tapping into the federal stimulus program and to enhance their technical skills in budget planning and monitoring during tough economic times.