WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDAM) - This is a news release from the National League of Cities.
Johnny DuPree, mayor, Hattiesburg, Mississippi has been appointed vice chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Community and Economic Development Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. The appointment was announced by NLC President Ralph E. Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah.
"The City of Hattiesburg's strong economic climate continues to attract world-class businesses and stimulate initiatives such as the Mayor's Financial Education Literacy Initiative which for the last five years has netted $11,428,492 in federal tax refunds for our families," said Mayor Johnny DuPree."
" I am grateful for the appointment as it presents an opportunity to share what programs are benefiting my community plus hear from other leaders about their successful initiatives that we could possibly adopt," he said.
As vice chair of the committee, DuPree will play a key role in shaping NLC's policy positions and advocate on behalf of America's cities and towns before Congress, with the Administration and at home.
The chair of this year's Community and Economic Development Committee is Mike Wojcik, council member, Rochester, Minnesota. Also serving with DuPree as vice chair is Craig Thurmond, mayor, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
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