eBlast March 22, 2007

1. Register for the 15th Annual Convention:  The registration fees for our upcoming convention, July 25 – 28, 2007, at the W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., New Orleans are very attractive.  Thus, we are going to sell out very soon.  Register today!  The room rate for the W Hotel is only $119.  This year’s theme: “Not Just For Me”.  (Here) 

2. Help Build the MLK Memorial:  The National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. is building a database of qualified and bona fide contractors seeking to compete on work related to the upcoming MLK Memorial on the National Mall in DC.  The database will close on May 2, 2007.  Those interested should contact the Foundation’s Program Manager at:  Mr. Marin Sabic, 7297-A Lee Highway, Suite 200, Falls Church, VA  22042. 

3. Procurement Fair:  Congressman Al Wynn will be hosting his annual procurement fair on March 26, 10:00AM, at the Universities of Shady Grove, in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Federal procurement agents and others will be coming with bidding opportunities on the “spot”.  Don’t miss this major event.  For more information call 202-225-8699. 

4. Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen:  On March 29, 2007, Congress will award the Tuskegee Airmen the Congressional Gold Medal.  The event will take place in the US Capitol by invitation only.  Afterwards, Mr. Conway Jones will host a reception in the Library of Congress.  Those wanting more information can reach Conway at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Congratulations to all the Tuskegee Airmen especially Charles H. DeBow (Kay and Chuck’s father) who was one of the original four and a veteran of 52 combat missions. 

5. NBCC Speakers Bureau:  The NBCC will be debuting a Speakers Bureau beginning April 1.  It will contain an arsenal of dynamic and motivating speakers who can be contracted to speak at events around the nation.  The NBCC will act as the agent for such talent.  Anyone with a reputable background in public speaking and wishes to be included in this talent pool should contact Kay DeBow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

6. Website Issues Content:  All NBCC Corporate Partners and financial members are invited to write articles for publication under our “Issues” section of our website www.nationalbcc.org.  Please hold the articles to under 1000 words.  For editing and approval send articles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

7. Bonding Assistance Program:  We want to congratulate Mayor C. Ray Nagin for the formal kick off of the Bonding Assistance Program in New Orleans, March 19, 2007.  It has been well received and has the political and community backing that should make it an overwhelming success and a model for the nation. (Here) 

8.  Monday Morning Check Ups:  The Honorable Maxine Waters (newly appointed Sub-Committee Chair for Housing) announced at the recent National Newspaper Publishers Association Press Week Dinner that she will be touring New Orleans every Monday morning looking for signs of progress in the Gulf Rebuilding.  Every Monday must show improvement from the previous Monday or there will be “hell” to pay.  Pick up the pace federal officials! There is a new sheriff in town.