About 30 black mayors from across the state will stay in Albany for the two-day conference, said organization President Willie Burns, who is mayor of Washington. There are more than 40 members of the GCBM. “What we do is, from a leadership standpoint, take an overall look at our communities and share what’s working and what’s not working,” Burns said. “We try to deal more or less with economic development.”
That goal from Mayor Burns is laudable but why would these elected officials want to meet with such a small group of their peers? Why not take the money that they use from the coffers of their municipalities to attend this event and put it towards more events and conventions sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association like their annual convention June 21 – 24 in Savannah? That way, they can “share what’s working and what’s not working” with a larger group of their peers!
On a side note: can white, asian and latino Mayors join the GCBM? I guess it doesn’t matter, though, because it would be foolish for anyone to join such a small group when they could learn so much more from GMA programs, instead. Pity.