Author and Past President of National League of Cities Speaks at Chamber Lunch

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By Helena Tavares Kennedy

Prince William Chamber of Commerce joined up with Keep Prince William Beautiful to host a luncheon to hear author and past President of the National League of Cities, James C. Hunt, speak about his work with clean cities around the country and his latest book “The Amazing City: Seven Steps to an Amazing City.”

The event was held at the Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge on February 21, 2017 and included a wide range of attendees from small business owners to government officials. Audience members were anxious to hear what Hunt had to share about his years of experience with green awareness in local governments and how we can help grow our economy while protecting our environment.

“The message that James Hunt shares is of tremendous importance to Prince William County,” said Marlo Thomas Watson, President of Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB). “In addition to his documented success, he presents valuable nuggets that can assist any community in becoming green and economically viable. There is a direct correlation to environmental stewardship and economic development. When the rivers are full of trash, people are limited in their enjoyment of water recreation. When neighborhoods are clean and free of rubbish, there is economic gain to the housing market as home values are able to soar and sell in clean neighborhoods. It is with great honor that someone of his stature would come here and share what we know to be true with KPWB!”

Neabsco District Supervisor John D. Jenkins, one of the original founders of Keep Prince William Beautiful, was there to support the Chamber and KPWB with this important topic for our local communities. He said that he enjoyed hearing Hunt speak about his seven steps to an amazing city and recommends Hunt as a speaker to any group. Supervisor Jenkins also said that a clean county helps make us proud to invite prospective residents and businesses into our communities and is a smart economic move as well.

Monica Boehringer, Refuse and Recycling Coordinator from City of Manassas Public Works, said, “It was great to hear James Hunt speak about the importance of empowering neighborhoods to help create an amazing city. Working with communities and including everyone in our plans and activities is really what helps us keep our city clean and beautiful. I can’t wait to read his book.”

Hunt took a few questions at the end of the event, but most of the time was spent hearing Hunt discuss and explain the seven steps to becoming an amazing city as outlined in his recent book. He used the word “Amazing” for outlining his seven steps which were Attitude, Motivation, Attention to detail, Zing, Inclusiveness, Neighborhood empowerment, and Green awareness. When signing his book at the end of the event, he signed it with “Always be AMAZING!”


Helena Tavares Kennedy (, a longtime Prince William County resident, is a freelance writer and communications consultant at and




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