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The N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a bipartisan group representing the mayors of the state’s larger cities, has elected Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer as its new chair. Manheimer was part of a new leadership slate elected during the Coalition’s annual meeting last week in Carrboro.

Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis was elected vice chair and Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas will serve as treasurer. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, the past chair, rounds out the officers. Members of the executive committee elected include Concord Mayor Scott Padgett, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs, Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant, and Charlotte Mayor Elect Jennifer Roberts.

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

“The Metro Mayors Coalition enjoyed much success in the long session by working in partnership with members of the legislature and a multitude of other associations to renew the State’s historic tax credit and stop legislation harmful to our State’s metropolitan regions,” said Mayor Manheimer. “We intend to continue building on our successes and continuing to advance policies that benefit the whole State.”

Mayor Travis, the Coalition’s vice chair, noted the Metro Mayors Coalition’s continued commitment to a balanced leadership team. “I am pleased the Metro Mayors Coalition continues to elect a bipartisan leadership team from across the State with an eye to a balance in city size. Our strength comes from our diversity of perspectives and ability to find solutions that benefit all our members.”

The Metro Mayors Annual Meeting in Carrboro and Chapel Hill last week focused on planning for the future as well as getting to know the mayor elects from the Coalition’s member cities.

The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, founded in 2001, is comprised of the mayors of the state's larger cities, with more than 3.7 million residents or 66 percent of the State’s municipal population. 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.