January 16, 2014

Expanding Opportunities to Create Strong Local Economies

Last week, as we reflected on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, President Obama reminded us of the need to build Ladders of Opportunity for those that are working to get into the middle class. In a country as great as this one, a child’s zip code should never be what determines his […]

January 9, 2014

The Promise of Promise Zones

During the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt challenged the nation when he said, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” Fifty years ago, another president took up this […]

April 26, 2013

Supporting Local Communities by Building Capacity and Cutting Red Tape

Cross posted from WhiteHouse.gov One year ago, the President established the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) that established an innovative new model of federal-local collaboration dedicated to assisting communities get back on their feet and create jobs by helping them better leverage federal resources and form key partnerships to implement economic visions. Teams […]

February 21, 2013

Creating a Thriving Middle Class

During his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a Plan for a Strong Middle Class and a Strong America.  His plan builds on the progress made during his first term and strengthens the middle class by making America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing, equipping every American with the skills they need […]