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Former Youngstown mayor clears hurdle for Washington appointment

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WASHINGTON, DC - Former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams nomination to become the head of the Economic Development Administration cleared a hurdle on Thursday.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has recommended that the full Senate confirm the  appointment to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Department of Commerce.

There is no word on when the full Senate will take up the nomination.

As the Senate committee was preparing to vote on the appointment, Williams was in Boardman sharing his outlook on the future of our economy across the country and the region.

Williams joined local business leaders at the Regional Chamber's Economic Forecast breakfast at Mr. Anthony's.

Williams says the valley has the assets to play a key role in U.S. economic growth this year by capitalizing on opportunities in the manufacturing sector.

"Whether it's in Youngstown or Warren or Girard or Niles, understanding that we have to compete as a region, that's first and foremost. Then understanding that we have to make sure our workforce skills are up to par," said Williams.

Williams resigned as Youngstown mayor in 2011 to work for the Obama administration.

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