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City leaders discuss goals for 2012 at annual prayer breakfast

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Councilman Myron Lowery's 21st annual prayer breakfast Saturday set the stage for area leaders to establish goals for Memphis and Shelby County in 2012.

Lowery's prayer breakfast was packed with local game changers.

"Bringing community, government, and civil leaders together to talk about one theme: moving Memphis and Shelby County forward," said Lowery.

Local lawmakers all seemed to share the same goal for the coming year.

"It's to try to help create jobs for our community," said Congressman Steve Cohen.

"To take the unemployable, turn them into the employable, and then get them to them into the employed," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

"Getting our workforce prepared for challenges we have facing us," said Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

Cohen said he plans to support President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act.

"Unemployment insurance, on the middle class tax cut, and the doc fix again," said Cohen.  "That was just a 60-day temporary solution."

The 2012 agenda shifted from looming cuts to doctors' Medicare reimbursements to Wharton's goal to make government more efficient.

"We're one of the largest cities that does not have a 311 system," said Wharton.  "It's still too difficult to do business with the City of Memphis."

Luttrell said he wants to coalesce the areas powerful medical entities to improve overall physical health of area citizens.

"The public health of our community really impacts our ability to progress in other areas," said Luttrell.

Lowery said unified effort is the only way the Mid-South can move forward in 2012.

"We need to work together as a community to bring continued success to this community," said Lowery.

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