WASHINGTON (March 12, 2012) St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Monday joined other officers of the National League of Cities to discuss economic development and job growth with President Obama at the White House.
The meeting was a part of the National League of Cities’ annual legislative gathering, called the Congressional City Conference. Mayor Coleman shared Saint Paul success stories with the President, underscored the work the federal government has done to help accelerate job growth in the country, and highlighted the importance of federal investments in our local communities.
“President Obama understands that what happens locally drives the national recovery,” Mayor Coleman said. “We had a very productive meeting discussing strategies for local economic development and job growth, and I had the opportunity to share some great examples of what is working in Saint Paul.”
Mayor Coleman’s discussion with the President included the need to rebuild schools to provide more summer programming for children, how relaxing the Federal Transit Administration’s Cost-Effectiveness Index allowed Saint Paul to add more stops on the Central Corridor, how Build America Bonds were essential to building the Lofts at Farmers Market, and how grant money from the Department of Energy has made Saint Paul one of the most solar-friendly cities in America.
The NLC members also highlighted the importance of federal investments, such as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the need for strong education and workforce training programs, the need to streamline regulations, and the need to address the broken immigration system.