September 22, 2014

Promise Zones: Creating Opportunities

As the former Mayor of an urban Promise Zone community, I have a unique appreciation for the passion and dedication local leaders have when working to turn around their communities. I saw San Antonio’s Promise Zone create new pathways allowing our citizens the chance to reach higher, dream bigger, and reach goals they never thought […]

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August 25, 2014

Creating Cities of Opportunity

Fiorello LaGuardia, a former Mayor of New York City, famously said “there is no Republican way or Democratic way to clean a street or build a sewer, but merely a right way and a wrong way.”  As a former Mayor myself, I have a deep appreciation of LaGuardia’s sentiment.

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August 21, 2014

HUD’s CDBG Program at 40: A Legacy of Opportunity

Forty years ago this month, President Gerald Ford signed into law the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, giving birth to the Community Development Block Grant Program.  In the 40 years since, CDBG has been at work in thousands of urban and rural communities, supporting a wide variety of activities from improving public infrastructure […]

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