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Gary Added to Federal Strong Cities Initiative

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The Obama Administration on Thursday announced Gary is one of seven cities being added to the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative. Federal inter-agency expert teams will be deployed to work alongside city leadership, community organizations, local businesses and philanthropic foundations to work on economic growth and development. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson expressed her excitement after having to keep the announcement a secret for several days, saying the city of Gary being “designated by the White House to receive this assistance is big news."
"This represents an important tool in the creation of a better Gary, a city that is designed to provide the best government that tax dollars can buy,” said Freeman-Wilson. “This not only represents a partnership with the federal government, but the strengthened engagement of our local educational institutions, local medical providers, local foundations, local non-profits and corporate partners. It is our collective goal to be the hardest working SC2 team in the history of the program.”
“I congratulate Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and the City of Gary officials for being selected as 1 of 7 White House Council Strong Cities, Strong Communities nationwide," said Indiana First District Congressman Pete Visclosky. "The selection process is very competitive in nature and in order to be successful applicants needed to demonstrate a high level of collaboration with local, state, and federal partners.  The enhanced support of the SC2 program and the Community Solutions Team will build upon the City of Gary’s initial successes, will complement Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson’s long-term vision for the city, and will ensure the sustainability of future projects for the benefit of the residents of Gary and throughout Northwest Indiana.”


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