July 14, 2009
The Green Impact Zone in Kansas City, Mo., was cited by President Obama in a news conference on July 13 on the White House's new vision for urban and metropolitan policy. After addressing some of the challenges facing urban communities today, the president cited three cities as examples of innovative approaches to urban issues.
He made reference to Kansas City's idea that "focuses on transforming a low-income community into a national model of sustainability by weatherizing homes and building a green local transit system," referencing the Green Impact Zone initiated by US Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II. He also indicated that members of his urban and metropolitan areas team would visit these cities to learn what strategies could be shared with other parts of the country.
MARC's Executive Director David Warm was invited to participate in a White House Forum earlier in the day to advise the administration on ways in which federal policy can best support cities and metropolitan areas. He then attended the presidential news conference in which Kansas City was referenced.
For the full transcript of the president's remarks and video of the news conference, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/A-New-Vision-for-Urban-and-Metropolitan-Policy/.
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