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Metro Mayors Select New Leadership
Bipartisan Group Focuses on Economic Prosperity for All of North Carolina

RALEIGH –The N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a bipartisan group representing the mayors of the state’s larger cities, has elected Republican Mayor Jill Swain of Huntersville as its new chair. Swain was part of a new leadership slate elected during the Coalition’s annual meeting this week in Asheville.

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer was elected vice chair, and Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt will serve as treasurer. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, the past chair, rounds out the officers. Members of the executive committee elected include Boone Mayor Andy Ball, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas, and Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant.

The new officers and executive committee will lead the Coalition in its work with the General Assembly in the new session, advocating for policies that create economic development, strengthen transportation networks and promote public safety.

“We look forward to working together with the North Carolina General Assembly to continue to strengthen our State’s urban and rural economies,” said Mayor Swain. “We intend to carry our message to the legislature that we all need to work together to build stronger regional economies which will attract the talent that brings new business investment to our State.”

Mayor Manheimer, the Coalition’s vice chair, said that “it’s an exciting time to build on North Carolina’s momentum, working together to bring about increased positive change for our state and its citizenry.”

The Metro Mayors Annual Meeting in Asheville this week included visits from Governor Pat McCrory, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, Senator Tom Apodaca, Representative Susan Fisher, Representative Nathan Ramsey, and Senator Terry Van Duyn. Representative Tim Moffitt was invited but declined to attend.

The Mayors enjoyed a panel discussion moderated by Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer on Western North Carolina’s successful regional economic development efforts. Panelists included representatives from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, New Belgium Brewery, and Highlands Brewery. The Mayors spent much of their time working together to develop their advocacy agenda for the Legislature’s 2015 long session.

The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, founded in 2001, is comprised of the mayors of the state's larger cities, representing more than three million citizens. The Coalition is a non-partisan, mayor-driven organization that focuses on issues of special interest to our large cities in a fast-growing and urbanizing state. The Coalition has worked successfully with federal and state elected officials to promote job creation, protect local revenues, invest in public infrastructure, and keep our cities safe.


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