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CM Williams Apointed to NLC Economic Development Steering Committee

1/28/2011
Dale Goter, Government Relations Manager | DGoter@wichita.gov | (316) 371-0134

Washington, DC – Wichita City Council Member Lavonta Williams has been appointed to a National League of Cities steering committee on Community and Economic Development Policy and Advocacy.

The appointment was announced this week by National League of Cities President James Mitchell, Jr. The committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions in the areas of community and economic development, financial institutions, international trade, housing, land use, and recreation.

“Economic development is a top priority for our community and state,” said Council Member Williams, who serves City Council District One in northeast Wichita. “Service on this committee will present an opportunity to learn new strategies that can improve the quality of life of our citizens.”

As a member of the committee, Council Member Williams will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions, while advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns. Her term of service will extend through the 2011 NLC Congress of Cities in Phoenix, AZ, in November.

The chair of this year’s Community and Economic Development Committee is Gilbert Lopez, council member, Coolidge, AZ. Serving as this year’s vice chairs are Neal Andrews, council member, Ventura, CA, and Jim Fairchild, mayor, Dallas, OR.

For more information on NLC’s other committees and councils, visit http://www.nlc.org/inside_nlc/committeescouncils.aspx.

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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