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New group formed to push for cities and towns

A new bipartisan group of business and city leaders have formed group to push urban issues in the new Republican-controlled state government.

The group, called the N.C. Communities and Business Alliance, includes Democrats such as former Gov. Jim Hunt and Republicans such as former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot. The group recently held their inaugural meeting.

The group was formed at a time when the traditional voice of the towns and cities, the N.C. League of Municipalities, has been taking a political beating in the legislature on such issues as annexation.

“The idea came out of the League of Muncipalities that there ought to be a new voice up there for urban areas that represented their issues and there were plenty of business people who felt the same way,” said Vinroot, a two-time GOP candidate for governor.

“The idea is to try to bring business and local government as a voice to be heard in Raleigh,” Vinroot said.

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