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Press Release wrote Mayor Appoints Coordinator for Urban Ventures and Announces New Communications Director

As Columbus moves forward in the rankings as one of the nation’s biggest and best cities, Mayor Michael B. Coleman today announced the hiring of a new Communications Director and the creation of a new position “Urban Ventures Coordinator,” to focus on transportation issues, arts and culture, young professionals, city marketing and the 2010 U.S. Census. The Mayor appointed Michael S. Brown to the Urban Ventures position and selected long-time local reporter, political columnist and editor Dan Williamson, most recently of The Other Paper and Columbus Monthly, to serve as his official spokesperson.

“Dan Williamson started covering City Hall when I was a member of City Council, and has proven to be one of the sharpest political observers and writers in Ohio,” said Mayor Coleman. “I know that Dan has the skills and the personality to be a critical thinker on policy issues and keep our team on track as we reach out to our residents on dozens of issues every day.”

Williamson will oversee the Communications Office, including two staff members, and coordinate internal and external communications for the City’s 13 Departments.

“Mike Brown’s been a part of my team since 1999, helping tell our story with persistence and creativity through thousands of events, announcements, memos, emails, quotes and late night calls,” continued Coleman. “As we’ve started to tell the nation why Columbus is so great, Mike’s shown great love for the City and he clearly has the ability to get things done. I’m proud to move him up to focus on important urban issues.”

Both Williamson and Brown take their positions effective June 2, 2008.

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