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Mayor Kasim Reed Participates in National League of Cities’ 2016 City Summit in Pittsburgh

Post Date:11/18/2016 2:00 PM
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Thế giới cáFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2016

News Release

Thế giới cáMayor Kasim Reed Participates in National League of Cities’ 2016 City Summit in Pittsburgh

ATLANTA Thế giới cá– The City of Atlanta announced today that Mayor Kasim Reed participated in a panel as part of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) City Summit, formerly the Congress of Cities, in Pittsburgh, PA. City Summit is NLC’s annual education, training and governance conference which offers a comprehensive program of sessions, leadership training, seminars and workshops.

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Mayor Reed, HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges explored strategies to further fair housing, promote access to economic opportunity and develop regional approaches to address current challenges during a panel discussed called “Prosperity Playbook Policy Agenda.”

“I am pleased to represent the City of Atlanta in this important discussion with fellow leaders who are committed to ensuring social and economic equity for all families,” said Mayor Reed. “The City of Atlanta is uniquely positioned to offer strategies which other cities can implement to promote inclusive communities. We are currently developing several public-private partnerships to revitalize local communities, as well as ensure affordable housing and job creation for our residents. As we plan for more opportunities which will promote economic mobility, it is important to learn from and exchange ideas with leaders from across the country.”

In March, Mayor Kasim Reed joined Secretary Castro and local leaders for a roundtable discussion in Atlanta to discuss housing affordability and economic mobility in efforts to foster regional partnerships to promote economic opportunities for local residents. Atlanta was one of five cities chosen for HUD’s Prosperity Playbook Community Tour this year.

The four-day conference brought together more than 3,800 leaders committed to strengthening local communities and exchanging ideas. During the panel discussion, Mayor Reed highlighted the Mechanicsville Cityside affordable housing development, the first scattered site development in the City of Atlanta. The new development will offer housing stability for more than 70 families.

In September 2015, HUD awarded the City of Atlanta a $30 million CHOICE Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, which has already enabled the city to leverage additional public and private funds to assist in revitalizing five Westside neighborhoods.

Thế giới cáIn June 2016, the City of Atlanta received the Promise Zone designation, which allows the City to work strategically with HUD and other federal agencies to boost economic activity and job growth, improve educational opportunities, reduce crime and leverage private investment to improve the quality of life in the “Westside Promise Zone,” comprised of the historic Atlanta University Center neighborhood, Ashview Heights, Vine City, English Avenue and Castleberry Hill.

During his Administration, Mayor Kasim Reed has worked to bring new public and private resources to support economic and civic development in the Westside communities. The City of Atlanta has pledged $20 million in new infrastructure, parks and green space, and Mayor Reed has announced his intention to make the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor one of the most attractive streets in the country.

Thế giới cá As part of the coordinated effort to revitalize the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor and surrounding neighborhoods of the new Atlanta stadium, Mayor Reed partnered with Atlanta business leaders to establish the Westside Future Fund. The Fund will serve as a catalyst for philanthropic and corporate support to accelerate improvements in the health, education and welfare of current residents, address equity and social justice issues associated with new residential and commercial development, and attract new investment, new jobs and new residents.


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