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Anthony Williams to head business leaders group

Thursday - 4/19/2012, 6:03pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams has been named CEO and executive director of the Federal City Council, an influential group of business leaders and philanthropists.

Williams' appointment was announced Thursday. He'll start July 1, replacing John Hill, who announced last year that he's stepping aside.

Federal City Council Chairman Linda Rabbitt says having Williams take over "is almost too good to be true."

Williams says in a statement that he'll pursue goals including "service efficiency, improved education, revitalized infrastructure and expanded job opportunities."

Williams, a Democrat, served two terms as mayor, leaving office in 2007.

The Federal City Council works to coordinate the efforts of the district government, the federal government and the private sector with the goal of improving the lives of district residents.

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