Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congressional City Conference to Focus on Impact of Federal Economic Recovery Package on Cities

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congressional City Conference to Focus on Impact of Federal Economic Recovery Package on Cities

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Next month's Congressional City Conference will focus on how cities can get the most out of the economic recovery package signed into law by President Obama last week.

The conference will feature general sessions, workshops and other sessions with the latest information from federal agency representatives and other technical experts who can help local officials learn how to bring these recovery dollars home and how to best leverage them with other resources to make a difference in these troubling economic times.

"We understand that you are watching every dollar and you need to be concerned about traveling to meetings when budgets are being cut," said NLC President Kathleen Novak, who was present at the signing of the economic recovery bill. "However, it is also important for your constituents to know that by attending the NLC Congressional City Conference you are making sure you are taking advantage of an opportunity to learn about these unprecedented resources available to your community to create jobs and improve fundamental infrastructure."

The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act aims to spur millions of jobs through massive investments in transportation, energy, education and health care. The economic recovery package contains resources for cities to create jobs and resources for improvements to roads, bridges, sewer and water facilities and housing.

Resources targeted to local governments in the package will become available from three sources: (1) through state agencies; (2) through federal formula programs; and (3) through federal agency discretionary grant programs. …

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