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West Valley City councilman Corey Rushton on national panel

WEST VALLEY CITY — City Councilman Corey Rushton has been appointed to a national committee for major suburban cities.

The position with the National League of Cities was announced Thursday. The First Tier Suburbs Council Steering Committee is made up of leaders from cities that are located near larger municipalities such as Salt Lake City; Dayton, Ohio; or St. Louis. The group deals with issues that include municipal airports, transportation, funding and shared crime facilities.

"We're still in our adolescence here in the city," Rushton said of West Valley, and the suburb's growth has occurred "in the shadow of the giant."

"It is an honor to be appointed to this select group of leaders from across the country," said Rushton, who has also been chosen as mayor pro tem. "This gives West Valley City a national voice in helping shape policy that is important to our community."

West Valley Mayor Mike Winder also works closely with the National League of Cities, but his influence is strongest at the state level. The young dairyman, public relations professional and author has been elected vice president of the Utah league.

"We are a major city," Winder said, "and we want to make sure our influence is heard."

— Rebecca Palmer