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NJ mayor to discuss diversity during WVU visit

Jan. 26, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — One of the nation’s best-known mayors is coming to Morgantown.

Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., will discuss diversity in America on Feb. 7 during the Festival of Ideas at West Virginia University.

Booker has set lofty urban renewal goals for his northern New Jersey city.
His administration and city residents have more than doubled the rate of affordable housing production, expanded parks and recreation spaces, and brought in more than $1 billion in new economic development.

They’ve also launched reforms to education, prompting a $100 million donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Booker once pulled a resident from a burning building was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME magazine in 2011.

The speech is open to the public. Or follow it on Twitter at  (hash)wvuideas.