You know how they always say Fresno is a good test market? Apparently, the White House agrees. Fresno was one of six pilot cities announced this morning for the Obama administration’s “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” initiative, a federal-local collaboration that aims to boost the economy at the local level by creating jobs, strengthen neighborhoods and develop communities.
Other cities selected include Detroit, New Orleans and Cleveland.
Here’s a little about “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” from the White House blog:
Strong Cities, Strong Communities is a new interagency pilot initiative that aims to strengthen neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions around the country by strengthening the capacity of local governments to develop and execute their economic vision and strategies. Strong Cities, Strong Communities bolsters local governments by providing necessary technical assistance and access to federal agency expertise, and creating new public and private sector partnerships. By leveraging existing assets, providing new resources, and fostering new connections at the local and national level, Strong Cities, Strong Communities will support towns and cities as they develop comprehensive plans for their communities and invest in economic growth and job creation.
What does this mean for Fresno specifically? Again, from the WH blog:
Mayor Swearengin and the Community Solutions Team will work to capitalize on the coming high-speed rail station to improve the downtown area, and will also build on a successful neighborhood development program.
Whattya know? A little help for Fresno and we didn’t have spend a whole week clicking “like” on Facebook (I’m looking at you, Walmart).
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