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Congressman Dan Kildee Hosts Roundtable Focused on Economic Growth and Opportunity in Communities Like Flint, Saginaw and Bay City

November 1, 2017
Press Release

New Nationwide Kildee Initiative Seeks to Change the Way Congress Invests in America’s Cities and Towns

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), the co-chair of the Congressional Urban Caucus and Vice Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, hosted a forum today focusing on ways that Congress can create economic opportunity in communities like Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. The forum is part of Kildee’s “The Future of America’s Cities and Towns” initiative to better align local, state and federal policies with the unique challenges facing older, industrial communities.

Today’s forum included remarks by Kildee as well as Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as experts from Good Jobs First and Smart Growth America. The panelists provided their perspective on the unique ways public and private investment can help foster greater opportunity in distressed communities, as well as the need for place-based strategies to encourage equitable and sustainable economic growth.

“For too long, local, state and national policies have left behind older, industrial communities like Flint, Saginaw and Bay City,” Congressman Kildee said. “Congress must change the way it thinks about these communities and what we can do to help spur job growth and opportunity in these unique places. I am proud to host this important event along with Congressman Higgins, who represents Buffalo, New York, a community that has a lot in common with the places I represent.”

“Infrastructure investments, historic and new markets tax credits and other federal programs provide tools that help cities and towns stimulate economic growth,” said Congressman Higgins.  “As we move forward with deliberations about the budget and tax reform, discussions like this allow us to reflect on opportunities to drive progress and create jobs in our communities.”

The Future of America’s Cities and Towns is an initiative launched by Congressman Kildee to highlight the many challenges that cities and towns across the U.S. face regarding infrastructure needs, economic development, housing, blight and jobs in the modern economy. The initiative calls for a national strategy on how Congress invests in American cities and towns. The first roundtable included Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), the Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, and focused on the unique challenges facing many older, industrial cities and towns.

Congressman Kildee recently spoke at the TrustBelt conference in Des Moines, Iowa, and additional events hosted by the Urban Institute and National Leagues of Cities in Washington, D.C., on his new initiative.