Mayor Carruthers of Traverse City Joins Cities Initiative Board

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) is proud to announce the newest member of the board of directors, Mayor Jim Carruthers of Traverse City, Michigan.

“I look forward to Mayor Carruthers’s contribution to the Board,” said Mayor Denis Coderre, chair of the Cities Initiative Board of Directors and Mayor of Montréal. “His commitment to the Great Lakes and unique regional perspective will continue to help our organization grow.”

Prior to becoming Mayor, Carruthers served on the city commission for eight years and worked for the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. As Mayor, Carruthers has been actively engaged in the debate over Enbridge’s Line 5, a twin oil pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinac. In addition, he spearheaded a city resolution unanimously approved by the city commission to set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 for all city operations.

“I look forward to serving on the Cities Initiative board while supporting protections over our fresh water resource with other leaders from around the Great Lakes Region,” said Mayor Carruthers.