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What they are saying about The Amazing City....

“Jim Hunt writes from years of local government elected official experience but, more importantly, Jim Hunt speaks from his heart about the government he truly loves! “


Scott A. Hancock, ICMA-CM

Executive Director-

The Maryland Municipal League

"Amazing cities are only possible if amazing people work to make them happen - over my 14 years as a local elected official, Jim Hunt epitomized what an amazing leader should be!  His humble, compassionate and inquisitive spirit showed us the way, and his book will continue his teachings into the next generation of city officials.”


Bev Perry, Former Mayor

Brea, CA

“Jim Hunt has spent a lifetime watching and learning what makes cities successful. He has a remarkable abil- ity to glean the best characteristics of every city he vis- its. His writings reveal a man who is keenly perceptive and has a deep love for our communities”

Ted Ellis

Mayor, Bluffton, Indiana

Past President, National League of Cities


“Jim and I have worked together as national leaders in government. Committing himself to understanding and listening about what makes cities great is his pas- sion. You will feel it in his writing - and you will be em- powered.”

Valerie Brown, Past President

National Association of Counties


“In Amazing Cities, Jim Hunt has reduced the formu- la for a successful city to just a few basic elements: positive thinking, creative planning and attention to detail on the part of leaders and empowerment of its citizens. Hunt reminds us that people, especially young people, want to live in places that are inclusive and en- vironmentally sustainable. His examples of successful cities inspire us to seek to make our communities.... Amazing!”

Lee Beaulac

President, Beaulac Associates, LLC

Board Member Emeritus, NCRC



The Amazing City-
7 Steps to Creating an Amazing City
by James C. Hunt
With a Foreword by Cleveland, Ohio Councilman
Matt Zone, NLC Past President


Jim Hunt, Founder of Amazing Cities provides the 7 Steps to Creating An Amazing City, along with an analysis of current issues and trends facing cities and the insight of dozens of city leaders and experts. The reader will explore these steps:

• Attitude
• Motivation
• Attention to Detail
• “Zing”
• Inclusiveness
• Neighborhood Empowerment

• Green Awareness


Praise for The Amazing City

From his service as mayor of Clarksburg, West Virginia to his leadership as president of the National League of Cities, Jim Hunt’s career has focused on building amazing cities that will thrive and prosper into the future. Hunt expertly describes the key elements of successful cities through stories and examples that can help city leaders capitalize on opportunities to make their cities amazing.”


Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and

Executive Director, National League of Cities


“When it comes to municipal government, Jim Hunt has risen to the top to become a “go to” expert in the arena.”

Lisa Dooley, Executive Director

West Virginia Municipal League

“Jim Hunt has written a personal narrative based on his experi- ence as an elected of cial and an engaged observer of cities. This is an excellent resource for all who are passionate advocates for cities.”

Don Borut, former Executive Director

National League of Cities


“Jim Hunt has written a compelling book that gives practical ideas to city leaders on how to create innovative and Amazing cities. His focus on attitude and attention to detail is on tar- get and is shared with companies like ours that know the value of customer service. The book really made me realize just how much cities are living, breathing entities that, like people, when cared for really come alive and become their best. An AMAZING read!”

Tom Rusin, CEO

HomeServe USA


“Jim Hunt has written the KISS (Keep It Simple Stu- pid) primer for local governments. With his vast local, national and international experience, he gives us 7 ba- sic action items for successful cities. As a former mayor who has worked closely with Jim, here’s my advice to local government of cials.... buy this book and follow these steps, you won’t regret it!”

Bill Byrne

Former Mayor, City of Morgantown, West Virginia 

“Jim Hunt knows that creating an Amazing City takes compassion, commitment and hard work. His actions and innovations have helped influence the Not In Our Town movement to stop hate and intolerance across the country. We look forward to sharing his lessons with our network.”


Patrice O’Neill, Founder and Executive Producer

Not In Our Town/The Working Group



 “Jim Hunt draws on his extensive experience as a highly effective local government leader to create an engaging and practical handbook for elected officials and policymakers as well as business and community leaders who want to build healthy, inclusive cities in our rapidly changing world.”


Rob Corcoran, founder of Hope in the Cities,

  and author of Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation

 on Race, Reconciliation and Responsibility   

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