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CUOMO PRESENTS $7.7 MILLION TO HARTFORD FOR BROWNFIELDS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND YOUTH JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today presented groups in Hartford, Connecticut with $7.7 million in assistance under one program that sparks economic development of polluted industrial sites and will create 700 permanent jobs, and under another program that trains high school drop-outs for careers as construction workers.
"HUD is proud to stand as a partner with Hartford in helping to transform the city with new construction and in helping to transform the lives of Hartford residents with new jobs," Cuomo said. Speaking via TV satellite from Washington to a news conference in Hartford with Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly, Mayor Michael Peters and Congressman-elect John Larson, Cuomo said:
"The brownfields assistance weíre announcing today is an investment in a cleaner environment and a brighter future for Hartford," Cuomo said. "Around the nation, we are taking polluted sites once given up for dead and bringing them back to life. They will be reborn to provide new jobs for workers today and for our children tomorrow. Brownfields can be cleaned up, they can be made safe, and they can once again become powerful engines for job creation and economic growth."
"The Youthbuild Program helps high school drop-outs build new housing for families in need, while building new careers and new lives for themselves," Cuomo said. "With the construction and academic skills they learn in Youthbuild, young people can work their way out of poverty and support themselves for a lifetime."
Youthbuild participants Ė ranging in age from 16 to 24 Ė would have a hard time finding good jobs without the program, because they lack high school diplomas and job skills. Youthbuild helps the young people get general equivalency high school diplomas and provides social services and training in leadership skills, in addition to training as construction workers.
More than $170 million in grants have been made under Youthbuild since it began in 1993, enabling over 7,800 young people to take part in building or rehabilitating more than 3,650 affordable housing units in their communities.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009