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The Honorable Jay Williams at The City Club of Cleveland


CLEVELAND: The Honorable Jay Williams, Mayor of Youngstown, will speak about the Youngstown 2010 Plan and the positive effect it has had on the city at 5 PM on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at The City Club of Cleveland.


Jay Williams is serving as the 47th Mayor of the City of Youngstown, Ohio. He is the first African-American to be elected Mayor of Youngstown, and having been elected at 34 years of age, he is its youngest. Williams is also the first independent candidate to win the Mayoral seat in more than eighty (80) years.


The City of Youngstown has moved progressively under his leadership. The City’s planning and development efforts have been recognized and rewarded by a number of notable organizations including, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Governing Magazine to name a few. 


Williams is leading efforts that have a direct impact on improving the quality of life for the citizens of Youngstown. Under his leadership, neighborhoods are being revitalized, aggressive policies are targeting crime, and the City is advancing regional economic initiatives intended to stabilize and strengthen the local economic base.


Mayor Williams continues to be a strong proponent of the City’s award winning Youngstown 2010 citywide planning initiative, a project in which he played a leading role. Throughout his work and travel, he continuously seeks to bring positive recognition to the City of Youngstown.


Williams was born and reared in Youngstown. He graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Finance. He and his wife, Sonja, enjoy engaging in various social and community activities.


Tickets are $18 for members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at:  www.cityclub.org






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