WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama today nominated former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams to head the Economic Development Administration and ex-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland as the alternate representative to the United Nations.
Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation with Williams first needing the approval of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and Strickland going to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
If confirmed, Williams’ official title would be U.S. Department of Commerce assistant secretary for economic development. The EDA leads the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and collaboration, and helping communities build the foundation for long-term growth, according to the White House.
The agency distributes million of dollars in grant money to help job creation in economically-distressed parts of the nation with a focus on creating jobs through regional collaboration, according to The Washington Post.
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