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Mayor Greg Stanton Selected to Join Cities of Service Mayors Council to Help Accelerate Citizen EngagementMayor Greg Stanton Selected to Join Cities of Service Mayors Council to Help Accelerate Citizen Engagement<div class="ExternalClass9D067B23BF3A48B2AE60543A719B87F5"><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Mayor Greg Stanton, a leading member of the national Cities of Service coalition, has been selected to join the Cities of Service Mayors Council. As part of the prestigious Council, he will advise Cities of Service on program development, planning, and evaluation, as well as organizational growth opportunities. Mayor Stanton will also serve as an ambassador for the citizen engagement work happening in Phoenix and share successes and lessons learned with others.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">"Engaging residents in volunteer efforts through Cities of Service helps Phoenix solve some of its most pressing issues from the ground up," Mayor Stanton said. "I look forward to sharing how these inspiring and innovative volunteer leaders can impact other communities -- strengthening neighborhoods and creating solutions."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Cities of Service mayors bring community members to the table to share ideas and work together with city officials and staff in order to exponentially increase the potential to make change for their communities. The Cities of Service Mayors Council will allow some of the most engaged mayors to give Cities of Service real-time feedback from the field, allowing the organization to continuously improve its offerings.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">"When it comes to citizen engagement, Cities of Service mayors know what works and what doesn't," said Myung J. Lee, Executive Director of Cities of Service. "We are thrilled to have Mayor Stanton as part of this outstanding group of mayors share his knowledge to help Cities of Service deepen our impact in cities."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The diverse range of cities represented by the Cities of Service Mayors Council will enable city leaders to model their efforts after cities facing similar challenges, making it easier to achieve success.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The following mayors are the founding members of the Cities of Service Mayors Council:</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Anchorage, Alaska<br></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo, New York<br></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana<br></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando, Florida<br></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Indiana<br></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix, Arizona</span><br></li></ul><p><strong style="font-size:12px;">Cities of Service in Phoenix</strong></p><p><span style="font-size:12px;">The City of Phoenix is the only City in the U.S. to have three active Cities of Service grants: Love Your Block, Resilience AmeriCorps and the Leadership grant.  Love Your Block PHX is a mini-grant program to support resident-driven revitalization projects in low- to moderate income neighborhoods.  Resilient PHX helps to build resilience to extreme weather events, such as extreme heat, in low income communities.  The Leadership grant supported the creation of a Chief Service Officer position and the development of a Citywide Service Plan to coordinate volunteer efforts across the City, and with community partners, for maximum impact and sustainability.</span></p><p><strong style="font-size:12px;">About Cities of Service</strong></p><p><span style="font-size:12px;">Cities of Service is an independent nonprofit organization that helps mayors and city leaders tap the knowledge, creativity, and service of citizens to solve public problems and create vibrant cities. We work with cities to build city-led, citizen-powered initiatives that target specific needs, achieve long-term and measurable outcomes, improve the quality of life for residents, and build stronger cities. Founded in 2009 by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cities of Service supports a coalition of more than 235 cities, representing nearly 55 million people in 45 U.S. states, and more than 10 million people in the U.K. Visit us at citiesofservice.org or follow us on Twitter @citiesofservice.</span></p></div>9/25/2017 7:00:00 PMRaquel Estupinan602-261-8823