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Mary Ann Thomas

Lower Burrell City Administrator Amy Rockwell is the new president of the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management (APMM), a state-wide organization of professional managers for local and county governments.

Rockwell, a city resident, will serve a three-year term.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for her and the City of Lower Burrell,” said Mayor Richard Callender.

He credits Rockwell with helping the city land more than $500,000 in grants in only about a year’s time since she started working for the city.

As APMM president, Rockwell said she will lead the organization as a resource for professional development and training, as well as service and assistance.

“APMM is dedicated to the promotion of professional and effective local government in the state, providing technical assistance, sample ordinances and publications,” she said.

Callender added, “It’s taken her a lot of years to get to that position and it’s not something to be taken lightly.”

He was referring to Rockwell’s completion of more than 100 credit hours of training at APMM, plus other work.

Rockwell presented a project to the APMM membership on the Westmoreland Economic Development Initiative for Growth (WEDIG).

The initiative is part of the larger “Reimagining Our Westmoreland,” a blueprint for growth over the next decade.

WEDIG specifically identifies the development and rollout of a regional strategic plan for Allegheny Township, Upper Burrell, Lower Burrell, Arnold and New Kensington and the area’s more than 40,000 residents.

“It’s a regional strategic plan that builds on the strengths of multiple municipalities to form a region known for its innovative economic opportunities, a prepared and educated workforce and quality of life,” Rockwell said.

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