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Youngstown mayor will lead President's office for auto communities

Jay Williams
(courtesy of the city of Youngstown, Ohio)
Jay Williams

The mayor of Youngstown, Ohio  is the new head of a government office that helps communities hurt by cutbacks in the auto industry.  Mayor Jay Williams starts as head theOffice of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workersin August.  

"I know firsthand the adverse impact an auto plant’s closing can have…not only on the families…who work there…but also on the prosperity of the local community and our national community as a whole.”

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made the announcement today in Flint.  Solis says although the auto industry has made a comeback, many communities still need federal help including money to retrain workers.


Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.