The National League of Cities has announced that Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has been appointed to chair the league's 2008 Council on Youth, Education, and Families.

The council works to assist municipal leaders in identifying and developing effective programs for strengthening families and improving outcomes for the children and youth.

The league and Riley have worked closely on a number of initiatives, including the Mayor's Book Club, the development of a youth master plan for the city, and the launch of First Day celebrations to mark the start of the school year.