2000 Best Practice Symposium
Opening Session Summary
The HUD Best Practices and Technical Assistance
2000 Symposium began with singing, clapping, speeches and an audience eager
to celebrate all the accomplishments that organizations across the country
engage in on a daily basis to help citizens in need. Opening remarks were
made by Deputy Secretary Saul Ramirez, which
was followed by the presentation of colors and the singing of the national
"This Symposium is about the successes
that we have had in dealing with the many problems across the country,"
says Ramirez. "This is what the Symposium is all aboutbuilding
a better tomorrow by sharing our knowledge, preparing for the future and
celebrating our many successes. "
Deputy Secretary Ramirez addressed the audience
and congratulated them for all their efforts in making America a better
place. "I want each and every one of you to know that you are at the
heart of our mission and we could not have done it without your help,"
says Ramirez. "Day in and day out we work to empower people and communities
to make sure no one is left behind in this era of prosperity."
Keynote speaker Anthony
Williams, Mayor of Washington DC, explains in his speech that he would
like to communicate to people across the nation that Washington DC is not
just a city with just government buildings and monuments. He stresses that
Washington DC is a real city where families work, children go to school
and where people live. "On behalf of all the citizens of this city
I want to thank all the best practices around the country because you are
showing us how it is done
thank you," says Williams.
Temple AME Churchs (http://www.rtamec.org/) Youth Choir and Flowers Family Choir entertained the audience. The audience clapped
their hands, stomped their feet and swayed their bodies as the choirs lifted
their voices. In addition there was a video clip presentation with messages
from President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and HUDs Secretary Andrew Cuomo, along with examples of various
HUD programs across the country.
Deputy Secretary Ramirez applauded the work
that has been done so far but he stressed that as a country we still have
a long way to go to help the less fortunate members of our society. "America
can do better than she is doing," says Ramirez. "But the fact
is we need to continue to work together by sharing, preparing and succeeding
as true partners and we build a better America in this 21st century."
The ribbon cutting ceremony and the grand
opening of the Exhibit Hall followed the opening session.