About Vince Williams

Vince Williams serves as the mayor of Union City, Georgia, and as the President of the National League of Cities (NLC). Mayor Williams’ involvement with NLC began after his election to the Union City Council in 2007, and continued when he was elected as mayor in 2013. In addition to his position as NLC president, Williams has served on the NLC Board of Directors, Board Finance Committee, Executive Committee and as a NLC University Leadership Fellow.

When Williams was elected to the City Council, his first priority as a Councilmember was to create a
strong economic base for Union City by attracting, professional and commercial business that
would transform the city into a full-scale, financially sound livable community. Taking the office
of Mayor in May 2013, Vince R. Williams became Union City’s twentieth mayor. As the sitting Mayor
Pro-Tem, he was elevated to the office after resignation of his predecessor. In November 2013 he
was elected to the office of Mayor.

Mayor Williams’ focus in specific areas includes:

  • Development and Redevelopment of Union City’s Central Business District
  • Job Creation, Workforce Development, and Education
  • Transportation Opportunities for Residents
  • Strong Neighborhood Public Safety Initiatives
  • Governmental transparency
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Ending Homelessness and Hunger


Mayor Williams was elected to office at a moment of crisis unlike any Union City had
experienced in decades – a city on the verge of financial ruin, a stagnant economy, and a
community that lacked vision. His leadership and commitment to advancing the Council’s shared
vision for Union City helped to transform a dilapidated mall and revitalize it into a thriving
multi-million dollar film studio (Atlanta Metro Studios), reverse a multi-year financial deficit to
an 81% increase during his first term as Mayor – all while ushering in the greatest increase of job
creation in the City’s history. Mayor Williams works tirelessly to encourage economic
sustainability by fostering relationships with local businesses that have called Union City home
for years like Universal Forestry Products, Mortensen Woodwork, General Electric, Dendreon
and Kraft foods. The success of those businesses has established Union City as the address of
choice for many Fortune 500 companies such as; Proctor and Gamble, Walmart, Amazon and
attracting international giants such as ASOS.
Since his first day in office, Mayor Williams has strived to increase consensus, cooperation, and
partnership between South Fulton, Metro Atlanta, and Georgia’s many governments, its business
and civic communities and its residents. The result of this effort is a new era of collaboration that
has paved the way for a string of remarkable, “NEXT LEVEL” accomplishments for a greater
Union City in a very short period of time and has set the City on course for a more prosperous
exciting future.
On the World stage, Mayor Williams has represented Union City, the State of Georgia and the
United States by participating in the U.S. – China Exchange Association’s U.S. Business
Matchmaking Conference, where he met with a delegation of elected officials and business
leaders from Japan, Africa and China to discuss how those countries could invest in America.
His work has been recognized on the State level by Governor Nathan Deal which led to
appointments to the County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council (CMPAC), Georgia’s
911 Advisory Council, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Mayor
Williams is also a recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award given by the office of Secretary of
State and the 2017 President’s Volunteer Service Award given by President Barack Obama. In
2018, Mayor Williams was awarded Mayor of the Year by The Georgia Minority Business
Awards, and Georgia Trend Magazine honored him as one of the 100 Most Influential
Georgians.

Mayor Williams is a graduate of Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee where he
earned a B.A. in Political Science. He has over 25 years in Corporate America that includes a
strong work ethic and positive attitude. He is a 2011 graduate of the Georgia Academy for
Economic Development, received Special Recognition from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department
for Emergency/Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Leadership Institute in 2011, and
in 2012 Mayor Williams completed the Robert E. Knox Jr., Municipal Leadership Institute
program through the University of Georgia in partnership with the Georgia Municipal
Association. He is a Class of 2016 Regional Leadership Institute graduate.
Mayor Williams brings his background in Senior Non-profit Administration, Legal and
Regulatory Compliance and Public Relations to the Union City Council.
He is also an entrepreneur in Real Estate, and the Health and Wellness Industry. He is a devout
Christian and humbly serves God under the leadership of Senior Pastor André Landers at The
iTHRIVE Christian Church as an Associate Pastor, but most importantly a worshiper. He is a
member of the iTHRIVE Christian Church Board of Directors and is a certified Christian
educator.

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