The Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau (NCVB) recently announced that the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has selected Norfolk as the host city for its annual training conference and exhibition scheduled to take place July 24 – 30, 2009. Approximately 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the six-day event that includes family activities and a youth conference, as well as business seminars.

Founded in 1972, NOBLE is a membership group of chief executives and command level officials in local, state, county and federal law enforcement agencies. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., it has over 4,000 members and 57 chapters in the United States, with one in the Caribbean.

“I would like to thank the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chief Jimmy L. Wilson, Retired (Virginia State University), as well as my fellow Hampton Roads chapter members, for working diligently to bring NOBLE to Norfolk,” said Bruce Marquis, Norfolk’s Police Chief. “The competition was tight among the cities hoping to bring this event to their area, and Norfolk shined in its presentation.”

“As president of NOBLE’s Hampton Roads Chapter, I’m very excited about Norfolk’s selection as host city,” stated Rudolph Burwell, who is also Assistant Police Chief at Old Dominion University. “The entire Hampton Roads region, Norfolk in particular, should be very proud that NOBLE made the decision to bring the conference here.”

President and CEO of the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau Tony DiFilippo remarked, “The NCVB is thrilled it will be part of NOBLE’s 2009 conference and cannot wait to show off the city to the many fine men and women who make up the NOBLE ranks.”

For more information, visit the NCVB on the Web at or call 757-664-6620.

Norfolk, Virginia
Welcoming visitors for the past 400 years, the city of Norfolk enjoys a storied past attracting travelers seeking an exciting vacation blending history and heritage with contemporary activities and attractions. Home to the largest naval base in the world, Norfolk pays homage to its affinity and affection for its waterfront location by showcasing an easily walkable downtown district that offers eclectic dining options, burgeoning arts scene, high-end shopping, and year round special events attracting thousands of travelers.

For more information, visit the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau on the Web at, or call 757-664-6620.