Strong Cities, Strong Communities
Monday morning at Gallier Hall — New Orleans’ historic old City Hall — Secretary Solis joined New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, business leader Henry Coaxum and other Louisiana leaders to announce President Obama’s “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” initiative to strengthen local communities. Federal agencies will provide experienced staff to work directly with local governments, the private sector and other institutions to leverage federal dollars and support civic revitalization work being done at the local level. New Orleans is one of six “SC2″ pilot cities, along with Chester, Pa.; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Fresno, Calif.; and Memphis, Tenn.
These cities were selected on the basis of economic need, strong local leadership and collaboration, potential for economic growth, geographic diversity and the ability to test the initiative across a range of environments. After the announcement, Solis had a special lunch date. Dined (and toured) Café Reconcile, a non-profit restaurant that provides job training and tailored services to at-risk youth.
Be sure to read more on this national program by going to the White House Office of the Press Secratary press release July 11 2011. See link below.
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