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Mayor Launches Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The inaugural meeting of the Mayor's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion was conducted Wednesday, Oct. 5, at City Hall.

Mayor Steve Williams addressed the committee during its meeting and said he envisions the group becoming champions of diversity in Huntington and identifying ways to further advance diversity so that it becomes a model for other communities across the country.

"I want to see diversity and inclusion celebrated in every neighborhood in every household in Huntington," Williams said. "It has to be celebrated at Marshall, at our businesses, in our schools, in our churches and in the streets. It all starts here, but we have to reach out into the community to expand it."

"I truly believe we need to create a different way of looking at this," Williams continued. "We have significant challenges to overcome in this country, and I refuse to let Huntington sit and wait for the rest of the nation to figure it out. I want us to lead the way so as we succeed, the state and the nation follow us."

While the committee will begin forming subcommittees, members agreed that one of their first courses of action will be to invite additional community members to serve on the committee so that it wholly reflects Huntington's population.

For more information about the Mayor's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion or to learn how you can get involved, contact Teresa Ball, City of Huntington Labor-Management Liaison, at 304-696-5540 or

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