Mayor Barry announces new office to increase ‘quality of life’

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Mayor Megan Barry announced the creation of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment (OEOE) on Thursday afternoon.

The office was created to make sure the growing city increases the quality of life for its residents and will focus on things like financial empowerment, workforce development and affordability.

Mayor Megan Barry announced that Erik Cole will head the office.

Adriane Harris, an urban planner and affordable housing professional, will serve as senior advisor for affordable housing issues.

Ashford Hughes will be the senior advisor for labor and workforce issues and Anne Harvard will serve as a policy assistant.

“From the outset of my campaign, I was committed to making sure that Nashville’s focus on economic growth and expansion was matched by a renewed focus on lifting people out of poverty, and expanding opportunity,” Barry said.

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