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Former Youngstown mayor, Ohio governor are nominated by Obama for new posts
Williams would move the economic development, Strickland to the U.N.
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams has been nominated for a new post in the Obama administration.
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As the U.S. auto bailout winds down, former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams is expected to remain part of the Obama administration -- but in a new role. The president announced yesterday that he’s nominating Williams for the post of assistant secretary for economic development in the Commerce Department. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that the president announced he has a new job for former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

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Jay Williams was born in Youngstown, went to college in Youngstown and – after a stint as an examiner for the Federal Reserve -- was director of the Youngstown Community Development Agency.

He won his first mayoral term as an independent, his second as a Democrat – and both on his push for his city to reinvent itself.

Two years ago, President Obama interrupted that second term by naming Williams to head the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. It is an agency specifically designated to help communities like his who had been devastated by the collapse of the American auto industry.

Now, Obama is nominating Williams to the Commerce Department post that handles millions of dollars in grants for economically stressed parts of the country.

Obama also is nominating former Democratic Ohio Gov. Strickland as an alternate representative  to the United Nations. Strickland was a congressman, representing a district that largely follows the Ohio River from Youngstown south, before he was elected governor. He lost that job in the midst of the recession for Republican John Kasich.

Both Strickland and Williams will need Senate confirmation of their nominations.

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