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You can hardly talk about Lafayette, without mentioning Valley, Lanett, and West Point. It's a connection that's shared by the four mayors of these towns.

The mayors of the four cities get together about once a month and talk about how they can make the region a better place.

 "We talk about our problems when we meet and how we can go about solving those problems and if some of those problems directly affect the other city, we try to work on a solution that affects everyone," says Leonard Riley, Mayor of Valley.

"We look out for each other, we back each other up, if something happens in one city, everyone is there to help out," says Oscar Crawley, Mayor of Lanett.

The mayors say the way the workforce travels; they don't really recognize the county lines and city limits. Because of that, they have to take a regional view.

"We recognize that when we see something good happens, its just not happening for one community, but all of us benefit," says Drew Ferguson, Mayor of West Point.

The meetings are also a great way to learn from the other cities and try different approaches.

I'm always listening to see what other cities are doing, you kind of brainstorm if something good is working elsewhere…we're always looking at ways we can improve," says Barry Moody, Mayor of Lafayette.

The mayors have been meeting for about a year, but have known each other longer than that. They say communication between all four cities is a big part of their recent economic success.

"We believe Valley, Lanett, West Point are great places to live, we're doing everything we can to make it better," says Moody.

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