Bill Purcell is the fifth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, elected first in 1999 and reelected to a second term in 2003 with a record setting 84.8 percent of the vote. Under his leadership, downtown Nashville is enjoying a residential renaissance that will increase the number of housing units in the center of the city from 900 to 4500 by 2010. Mayor Purcell created an Office of Affordable Housing to spur the development of more than 19,000 affordable housing units. He is focused on increasing the availability of downtown residential units and preserving housing stock in the city’s historic neighborhoods. Moreover, many of the city’s faith-based organizations have contributed to the production of affordable housing in Nashville.