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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 08/29/12
Mayor Kasim Reed Joins Obama Administration Officials for Partnership for Sustainable Communities Anniversary
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr. and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Regional Administrator Dr. Yvette Taylor today in southwest Atlanta to celebrate the third anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The collaboration is an interagency effort to help communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment and people’s health.
“Atlanta’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities has really allowed us to do the kind of essential projects that invest directly in our communities,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “I applaud the EPA, HUD, the Department of Transportation and Department of Labor for their tremendous efforts. Through this partnership, we can work as a team to support ongoing initiatives, promote economic development and receive technical assistance on vital projects.”
To celebrate the local accomplishments, a program and workshop were held today to share the partnership’s successes and plans for the future. Residents from southwest Atlanta, nonprofit officials and elected leaders discussed how partnership projects are setting trends in their areas.
“Three years ago, EPA embarked on this innovative partnership to change how we interact with our stakeholders and bring about change in the community,” said EPA Regional Administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming. “The programs and projects that are now in place here in Atlanta and across the Southeast, exemplify what can be accomplished when citizens, states, cities and federal agencies work together. We look forward to continuing this partnership and assisting each of these communities in achieving its long-term economic, environmental and public health goals.”
Since announcing the partnership, the federal agencies have dedicated more than $2.5 billion in assistance nationally to more than 200 communities in 48 states to help meet housing and transportation goals while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and addressing the challenges of climate change. Of that funding, $238 million was focused on America’s rural communities.
The partnership works to provide communities with faster, more streamlined access to federal programs and resources, and works closely with other federal agencies, states, and local governments to ensure that partnership programs use federal resources as efficiently as possible.
For more information about the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, visit: http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/
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