FORA.tv Speaker - Linda D. Thompson
Linda D. Thompson was sworn in as Harrisburg’s 33rd mayor on January 4, 2010. She took office as the Capital City’s first African American and female Mayor and immediately began to address the city’s pressing financial problems. She recognized early the need for state intervention and applied for and received distressed city status under the existing Act 47 Recovery Plan. Prior to her election as mayor, Mayor Thompson had served on Harrisburg’s City Council since 2004 and as president since November 2008. She served as Council Vice President from 2004 to 2006 when she also chaired the Council’s Economic Development committee where she dedicated herself to developing areas of alternative means to economic development, securing decent affordable housing for low to moderate income citizens, and implementing programs geared toward workforce and youth development. Mayor Thompson has served on numerous boards and commissions, including The South Central Workforce Investment Board, Harrisburg Human Relations Commission, Harrisburg Rotary Service Club, Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Epsilon Sigma Omega. Mayor Thompson has been honored with numerous awards. In 2004 the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity named her “Citizen of the Year” for her outstanding public service.
07.18.13 | 00:48:51 min
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