As you are aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to grow in its impact on our national and global community, affecting all areas of life including health, finance, travel, and logistics. Given the rapidly changing situation we wanted to provide an update about our conference planning and ask for your help and support for what will be an unusual circumstance for everyone.
Last week, the Governor of Texas declared a State of Disaster for all counties in Texas until the end of March. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the Harris County Health Department have issued recommendations to cancel gatherings of more than 50 people. We believe that as an association we need to diligently follow the best guidance from the CDC, our health agencies and state and local authorities in order to exercise thoughtful measures to keep us all safe and protected. Therefore, we are currently evaluating our ability to host the AABE National Conference in Houston at a later date.
This is a dynamic situation, and we cannot predict what will happen over the next several days or weeks. We will continue to update you as more information is available. While we are disappointed by this disruption to our program calendar, the safety of our community has been, and will continue to be, our most important consideration. In that context, we are appreciative of the overwhelming support we have felt from members of the AABE community as we navigate this crisis, and for the support of so many of our sponsors.
Paula R. Glover
President & CEO
American Association of Blacks in Energy