NEWS RELEASE   7/25/2012

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CITIES OF LANSING & FLINT, MI TO JOIN WITH FEDERAL, STATE, REGIONAL & PHILANTHROPIC LEADERS TO PUSH FOR REVITALIZATION OF CLOSED AUTO PLANTS
JULY 31-AUGUST 1 EVENT MEANT TO BOOST COLLABORATION
Media Advisory – Issued July 27 and July 30, 2012
Contact: Bill Hanka, Office: 202-331-8500, Email: bhanka@tfgnet.com

A national partnership has been launched to bring together the Obama Administration, philanthropic foundations, the “RACER Trust” established by the General Motors bankruptcy to clean up closed GM properties, and the “Manufacturing Alliance of Communities” (MAC), a national coalition of local government leaders pushing for revitalization of long-time manufacturing communities with closed factory sites.

On August 1, these groups will be in Lansing, Michigan to push for cleanup and revitalization of former GM properties and other “brownfields”. The Mayor and other local officials from the nearby community of Flint, MI will also join in this August 1 “Auto Community Revitalization Roundtable” to explore options for redevelopment of auto brownfields and the overall Flint community.

The August 1 Roundtable is open to the press, and local and federal officials will be available for interviews and discussion during the day. This will include Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, the EPA Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response Mathy Stanislaus (who heads the nation’s brownfields and contaminated property cleanup issues), and Jay Williams, President Obama’s Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers (who is also the newly-installed Deputy White House Director for Intergovernmental Affairs).

The purpose of the day will be to explore strategies and tools for transforming vacant former auto sites and other brownfields into productive reuse as new manufacturing, commercial, and community sites. The Roundtable will be held at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing from 9AM to 4PM. There will also be a bus tour of Lansing brownfield sites on July 31. The Roundtable’s agenda is attached.

The Director of the MAC Bill Hanka says, “we are seeing more and more examples of job creation, economic redevelopment and community progress at these former industrial sites that had been left behind after decades of economic shift in America. We are confident that renewed partnerships for revitalization can make a difference for communities like Lansing, Flint and others across the nation. We look forward to progress in Michigan on August 1, and encourage interested leaders from all sectors to attend.”

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