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N.C. Metro Mayors Select New Leadership

The N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a bipartisan group representing the mayors of the state’s 28 largest cities, has elected new leadership at its annual meeting last week.  Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was elected as the new chair. McFarlane was part of a new slate of officers elected during the Coalition’s annual meeting last week.

Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain was elected vice chair, and Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs will serve as treasurer. Durham Mayor Bill Bell, the past chair, rounds out the officers. Members of the executive committee are Burlington Mayor Ronnie Wall, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins.

Led by McFarlane, an Independent, the group’s leaders are evenly balanced with four Republicans and four Democrats. The officers will lead the Coalition in its work with the General Assembly in the new session, advocating for policies that support economic development, strengthen transportation and promote public safety.

“As a new legislative session starts, we look forward to working together on the issues facing North Carolina because what is good for our cities is good for our state,” said Mayor McFarlane. “Urban areas are the job centers of the State that drive our economy, and we will work cooperatively with the General Assembly to enact policies that support that economic development for today and the future.”

Mayor Swain, the Coalition’s vice chair, said that transportation will be a key focus for the group. “As North Carolina continues to grow and shift to more urban centers, transportation improvements are key,” Swain said. “A major goal will be working with legislators to craft innovative and forward-thinking transportation strategies.”

The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, founded in 2001, is comprised of the mayors of the state's 28 largest cities, with more than three million citizens. The Coalition is part of the N.C. League of Municipalities, which represents all North Carolina municipalities. The Coalition is a non-partisan, mayor-driven organization and focuses on issues that are 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, and other municipal officials, to promote job creation, protect local revenues, invest in public infrastructure, and keep our cities safe.
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