Obama administration launches local development initiative

08:23, July 12, 2011      

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The White House announced Monday that the Obama administration has launched a new local development initiative, named Strong Cities, Strong Communities ( SC2), its latest effort to boost local economic growth with the nation's economic growth losing steam.

Federal agencies will provide experienced staff to work directly with six cities, namely Chester in Pennsylvania, Cleveland in Ohio, Detroit in Michigan, Fresno in California, Memphis in Tennessee and New Orleans in Louisiana, according to a Monday White House statement.

These teams will work with local governments, the private sector, and other institutions to leverage federal dollars and support the work being done at the local level to encourage economic growth and community development, noted the statement.

Through this pilot project, the administration will focus on cutting through red tape and rationalizing the federal bureaucracy to help deal with the overlapping maze of agencies, regulations and program requirements that are sometimes confusing to local governments, and developing partnerships with municipal and state governments, the business community, non-profits, as well as other public and private leaders.

"This is exactly the kind of federal initiative that President Obama pledged to create, one that respects the wisdom of local leadership and helps mayors and other local officials utilize federal resources more effectively," said Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama.

Source: Xinhua
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