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Helping Community Service Programs Succeed - Delta Grassroots Caucus Annual Conference


Location: Memphis, TN

On Wednesday I spoke at the Delta Grassroots Caucus Annual Conference entitled "Job Creation and Economic Recovery." I discussed a wide variety of topics including my strong support for renewable energy, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, SNAP and other USDA nutrition programs, and investments in transportation, broadband, and infrastructure to help create jobs. I also talked about my Jobs for Urban Sustainability and Training in America Act which would help bring workforce development funds to cities with high unemployment and my work to bring to Memphis the first and only MBDA Business Center in the State of Tennessee.

I also discussed my work to win a $15 million dollar TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project and how proud I was to work with the Great American Steamboat Company, DOT and Mayor A C Wharton to help the company acquire the American Queen and move their headquarters to Memphis, bringing hundreds of jobs to our City.

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