James Hunt is the Executive director of the Sunnyside Up-Campus Neighborhoods Revitalization Corporation (CNRC), a collaborative partnership between the City of Morgantown and West Virginia University.
He came to the Sunnyside Up organization after a sixteen year career with the West Virginia Housing Development Fund, where he led the Fundís efforts in Northern West Virginia..He was instrumental in implementing the housing and infrastructure needs for the Federal Bureau of Investigationís CJIS Division relocation to Harrison County and the High Technology Consortium in Marion County.He also was director of the West Virginia Housing Development Fundís Statewide Demolition Program, which removed hundreds of vacant and dilapidated properties throughout West Virginia.
He is a 1973 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Speech Communication.Hunt worked as an undergraduate in the Speech Department with Dr. Leonard Davis and considers him a mentor and an inspiration.He was a graduate assistant for Peabody Professor of Education, Dr. Franklin Parker and was recommended by Dr. Parker as a delegate to the World Summit for Youth in Petrozavodsk, USSR in the summer of 1973.He also was a two year member of the WVU Basketball Team under Coach Bucky Waters and Sonny Moran.
In 2006, Jim Hunt was elected as President of the National League of Cities; the nationís oldest and largest organization serving municipal governments.He is the first West Virginian to serve as an officer of the National League of Cities in its eighty three year history.His presidential topic, ďBuilding a Nation of Inclusive CommunitiesĒ is one of the most successful initiatives of the National League of Cities and has grown to include over 175 cities, representing over 19 million citizens.For his efforts, Jim was selected "2006 Municipal Leader of the Year" by American City and County Magazine.
Active in civic affairs, Hunt has served on the Clarksburg City Council for over 25 years and served as Mayor of Clarksburg from 1991-93.He is a past Chairman of the Region VI Planning and Development Council and Past President of the West Virginia Municipal League.He also serves as United States Army Reserve Ambassador for West Virginia.He serves on the World Council of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), an international organization representing municipal governments.He was selected in 2002 to be part of a study tour of the Peoples Republic of China sponsored by the United States State Department and in 2005, was awarded a RUPRI Fellowship to study rural issues within the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.
Jim is the Co-Author of Bottom Line Green-How America's Cities are Saving the Planet (And Money Too!), a book about energy efficency written with Mike Conduff, a well known author and speaker from Denton, Texas.
Jim is married to his wife Pam and they have two children, Sarah, a WVU graduate and professor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, SC and Jason, an officer with the Clarksburg Police Department.