Mayor in inaugural class
by Ron Gregory
Huntington – In support of the Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative, Smart Growth America (SGA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity announced today that Huntington Mayor Steve Williams will be part of the inaugural class of the Champions Institute.
The Champions Institute is a program created to help local, elected officials equitably define, design, build, and evaluate complete streets in their communities. Williams was selected as one of 20 local elected officials from across the United States and its territories.
“Being selected to the inaugural class of the Champions Institute is in recognition of Mayor Williams’ commitment to making his hometown a more equitable, accessible, and viable community for all residents,” said John Robert Smith, Senior Policy Advisor at Smart Growth America, and the former mayor of Meridian, Mississippi. “Mayor Williams will learn valuable skills throughout the program, and share his own insights in developing more activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations.”
Williams said, “I am thrilled to be selected in the inaugural class of the Champions Institute and work alongside and learn from the expertise of Mayor Smith and his team. This experience and learning opportunity come at a perfect time for Huntington. We have many projects in our community, such as redevelopment of the ACF property and planned changes to the Hal Greer Boulevard corridor that will benefit as a result of my participation in the Champions Institute.”