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  • Montgomery Makes History with Mayoral Election

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    Montgomery, AL – October 9, 2019 – For the first time since its founding in 1819, the voters of Montgomery, Alabama have elected an African American mayor. The Honorable Stephen Reed was elected in a runoff on Oct. 8, 2019 and will be sworn into office on November 12.
     
    Some of America’s most transformative moments have occurred in Montgomery, from the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March, to the recent opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Today the city is moving boldly forward and being nationally recognized for its strategic initiatives in economic development, tourism, technology and entrepreneurism, as well as its willingness to take on its challenging and often painful history. This has led to its emergence as one of the most vital destinations in the country.
     
    “There’s an undeniable wave of positive momentum in Montgomery, and the Chamber and our business community look forward to working closely with Mayor-Elect Reed to strengthen and expand public-private partnerships to bring more people, businesses and prosperity to all of Montgomery,” Willie Durham, Board Chairman for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
     
    Reed, 45, was born and raised in Montgomery. He was elected as Probate Judge of Montgomery County, Alabama in 2012. He became the first African American and youngest person ever elected to the county’s highest office. His campaign touted a vision inclusive of all citizens and focused on economic development, education and public safety.
     
    ABOUT THE MONTGOMERY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 
    With a mission to create jobs and a better quality of life in Montgomery and the River Region, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce is a full spectrum economic development corporation representing 1,700 organizations and business and more than 80,000 employees throughout Montgomery and the River Region. The Montgomery Chamber is an innovative, consolidated organization that addresses destination tourism, economic development, business development, workforce development, and community strategies under one umbrella, linking the public and private sector around a shared vision and providing tremendous value to its investors. 
     
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    Media Contacts:
    Meg Lewis
    Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce
    334-312-2007
    mlewis@montgomerychamber.com
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