Photo courtesy of city of Spring Hill
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham was appointed on Monday to serve on the state’s Local Government Planning Advisory Committee (LGPAC) by Governor Bill Lee. In addition to serving as city mayor, Graham also serves as the Vice Chair of the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a body that seeks to prioritize and plan projects seeking government funding.
The announcement of Graham’s new appointment came late Monday evening, with Graham being just one of seven members sitting on the new committee. The LGPAC’s main purpose is to review and approve county-wide growth plans, establish urban growth boundaries for cities, and also exhibits certain powers over regional planning commissions.
The LGPAC is also a part of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, which seeks to attract new corporate investments in the state with the ultimate goal of facilitating economic expansion and growth.
First elected mayor in 2013, Graham has been instrumental in bringing the city’s deficit out of the red following the Great Recession of 2008, reintroducing a property tax to the city, and creating the Budget Finance Committee. Graham has previously said he does not intend on running for reelection in 2021, but appears as though he will have plenty to keep him busy until then.