Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Blog
- Posted byon November 29, 2011 at 1:23 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity, John Trasviña; and Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio Riley share in the Detroit News how HUD is helping Detroit:
Expanding opportunities for jobs and housing are two of the Obama administration's highest priorities in Michigan and across the nation.
At HUD, we are bringing new ideas and strongly enforcing the “Section 3” federal program; which is specifically designed to create job opportunities for low-income individuals and public housing residents and contracts for the companies that hire them.
In 2009, HUD invested $17.2 billion in Section 3-covered funding into local communities. These investments helped to create new neighborhood developments, modernize roads and infrastructure and rehabilitate and revive our communities. Beyond the bricks and mortar, they produced 34,230 jobs in 2009 and put 18,154 low-income individuals and their families on the road to self-sufficiency.
But we are doing more.
HUD has designated Detroit to be one of five pilot cities around the country to be the site of a Section 3 Business Registry. Through this registry, businesses that hire low-income individuals or are composed of low-income individuals will be able to have better access to information about contracting opportunities from cities, housing authorities and other government agencies. Local and state agencies receiving HUD funds are required, to the maximum extent feasible, to ensure that jobs and contracts reach public housing residents and low-income workers. The Business Registry will also make it easy for workers to find out about Section 3 companies that are hiring.
For more information about the Section 3 program, visit www.hud.gov/sec3biz.
- Posted byon November 2, 2011 at 2:19 PM EDT
Today, President Obama spoke at the Georgetown Waterfront Park, in front of the Key Bridge, about the need to pass the infrastructure piece of the American Jobs Act. The President explained that we can’t wait to make these much-need investments in infrastructure projects across the country and put more Americans back to work. Governor Martin O’Malley explains why Maryland can’t wait either:
This morning, President Obama delivered remarks at the Georgetown Waterfront Park, in front of the Key Bridgeto urge Congress to pass the Rebuild America Jobs Act. The act would help us immediately advance critical infrastructure projects in Maryland while at the same time supporting at least 8,100 jobs.
Our infrastructure is one of the areas where we have the largest investment deficit in our State – and it’s something that matters both for job creation today, and for what type of State we leave for the next generation. There’s a connection between the investments we make in our infrastructure, and our ability to create jobs, expand opportunity and put this recession in our rear-view mirror.
- Posted byon October 29, 2011 at 2:14 PM EDT
- Posted byon October 24, 2011 at 2:34 PM EDT
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said that the American Jobs Act is crucial to our country’s long-term economic growth. “We have to have education, we have to have safe communities, we have to have small businesses that are growing, exporting, creating jobs,” he said.
The American Jobs Act addresses all these issues. It will help retain and hire hundreds of thousands of teachers, keep first responders on the job, and invest in small businesses across the country.
See what other mayors are saying about the American Jobs Act.
Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, California
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, Maryland
Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, Colorado
Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky
Mayor Sly James of Kansas City
Mayor Mark Mallory of Cincinnati, Ohio
Mayor Phil Gordon of Phoenix, Arizona
- Posted byon October 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM EDT
The President has been traveling across the country to show how the American Jobs Act will help modernize our schools, rebuild our infrastructure, and put Americans back to work. Earlier this week, the President visited Jamestown, NC as a part of his three-day American Jobs Act bus tour.
North Carolina State Representative Pricey Harrison reflects on the President’s remarks in Jamestown, and explains how the American Jobs Act will create jobs in North Carolina and throughout the nation:
I spent part of Tuesday with President Obama as he met with and spoke to teachers, students, staff, and other citizens of Guilford County while in Jamestown on the campus of Guilford Technical Community College. The President was there to promote the American Jobs Act, which is projected to create more than 2 million jobs nationwide and help rebuild our middle class and an economy that works for all of us.
The Piedmont Triad has been hit particularly hard by the loss of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the past decade and this year's state budget did further damage to the state's economy by making cuts that will result in a net loss of more than 30,000 jobs statewide over the next two years. These job losses have been felt hardest in the education sector, where 2,418 jobs were cut this school year (and more than 9,200 since 2008), primarily teachers and teachers assistants.
The President's plan would do much to help our state and our country recover from the extended recession. The plan proposes to invest $35 billion to prevent layoffs of up to 280,000 teachers nationwide, while supporting the hiring of tens of thousands more and keeping police officers and firefighters on the job. These funds will provide over $900 million to North Carolina to support up to 13,400 educator jobs. .
The plan also provides a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure, over $675 million of which would be available to North Carolina to support as many as 8,800 jobs.
The President also spoke about how his plan is fully paid for. He emphasized how the wealthiest among us should pay their fair share .
It is time to pass the American Jobs Act.
- Posted byon October 20, 2011 at 2:20 PM EDT
At a time when the nation is focused on jobs, we need a Commerce Secretary who knows American business - a leader who has led a company through crisis, created jobs and has a firsthand understanding of the challenges facing US companies. And that's exactly the experience that President Obama's nominee John Bryson has.
Mayor Bob Foster of Long Beach, California says of his friend John Bryson:
"John Bryson is an excellent choice for Secretary of Commerce. I have known John for more than 30 years as a person of impeccable integrity with a strong sense of public service.
John and I worked together at Edison International. He was a unique CEO at Edison in that he always made sure business success did not mean a disregard for the environment or social progress. Under his leadership, Edison developed the largest portfolio of renewable energy in the country and made energy efficiency as one of its top priorities. It’s an unusual business practice for a company to spend millions on reducing the use of its product, but John understood that it was in the best interest for customers, California, and the company to reduce electrical use. His strong sense of social purpose helped Edison become an environmental leader with a worldwide reputation.
John is the kind of person you need in business today. He understands the need for profit but he also knows that success should include environmental sustainability and good corporate citizenship."
In addition, the U.S. Conference of Mayors spoke out about John Bryson, urging his confirmation in a letter to Senate leaders:
"Mr. Bryson brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors that will help create jobs and make America more competitive in the global economy. Most importantly, he knows that the private sector is the engine for job creation. As local leaders, we know that John Bryson can encourage economic growth, help provide jobs for our residents, and forge a direct connection with Mayors and the needs of our cities. He knows how to get the job done with fewer resources. He knows how to manage and lead under pressure. He is the ideal candidate to become Commerce Secretary."
You can read more from voices ranging from the COO of Facebook to the former Treasury Secretary John Snow on why John Bryson should be our next Commerce Secretary.
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