Louisville Host Site of The Bridge Forum Oct. 28

Metro Police Chiefs & Community Dialogue at Critical Time

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Louisville hosts The Bridge Forum (www.thebridgeforum.com), a national gathering of police chiefs, law enforcement and community members, Fri., Oct. 28, 9am, led by Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, president, Simmons College; David W. Tandy, president/CEO, Kentucky Diversity Chamber of Commerce and Alan “AP” Powell, Checkered Flag Run Foundation (CFRF).

Powell is a Westend Louisville native and entrepreneur, and founder, The Bridge Forum. Powell also is founder of CFRF, which seeks to ensure every student & veteran crosses the finish line.

Said Powell: “After having a conversation with childhood friend, Troy L. Gray, CFRF board member and Executive Director of PEAK Community Supports Inc. in Louisville, I knew I had to bring this conversation back to the city I grew up in. To see my hometown make national news for violence was so disheartening. I knew I had to tap into my resources and take a stance by bridging the gap between community and law enforcement.”

The Bridge Forum, Louisville, features:

  • Chief of Police Steve Conrad, Louisville
  • Dr. Cedric L. Alexander, past president of NOBLE, director of public safety, DeKalb County, Ga.; CNN Analyst
  • Chief of Police Regina J. Price, Darby-Township, Delaware County, Pa.
  • Chief of Police Cecil E. Smith, Sanford, Fla.
  • Assistant Chief of Police Mattie M. Provost, Houston, Texas
  • Deputy Chief of Police U. Renee’ Hall, Detroit, Mich.

The Bridge Forum is a model to exchange concepts to solve inner-city challenges.

Lamont Robinson, VP Supplier Diversity, Nielsen: “I am excited to represent Nielsen at this very important event. It is the quintessential community experience connecting local elected officials with the stakeholders they represent and serve. I come from an underserved community run by the same small businesses you can find in any disadvantaged community nationwide. Our small businesses can’t be successful if we destroy them in our anger; and my purpose is to educate people on the link between these very vital entities and to the economic growth of underserved communities whether local or national.”

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., Lawyer, Author, president & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund moderates; and Tandy, who also served as 7th and 10th president of Louisville Metro Council and is 4th District councilman and attorney, Bingham, Greenebaum & Doll, LLP, emcees.

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