Congressman Brian Higgins Joins Congressman Dan Kildee in Roundtable Focused on Economic Growth and Opportunity for Cities & Towns
WASHINGTON – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Vice Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, joined Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Vice Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, in hosting a forum focusing on ways that Congress can create economic opportunity in communities like Western New York. The forum included discussion centered around ways to better align local, state and federal policies with the unique challenges facing older, industrial communities.
The forum included remarks by Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the Revitalizing Older Cities Task Force, and Kildee, co-chair of the Congressional Urban Caucus as well as experts from Good Jobs First and Smart Growth America. Western New Yorker Steven J. Weiss, Esq., Partner at Cannon, Heyman & Weiss, LLP, an attorney who concentrated his practice in Affordable Housing and Community Development Law also participated in the discussion. The panelists provided their perspective on the unique ways public and private investment can help foster greater opportunity in distressed communities, as well as the need for place-based strategies to encourage equitable and sustainable economic growth.
“Infrastructure investments, historic and new markets tax credits and other federal programs provide tools that help cities and towns stimulate economic growth,” said Congressman Higgins. “As we move forward with deliberations about the budget and tax reform, discussions like this allow us to reflect on opportunities to drive progress and create jobs in our communities.”
“For too long, local, state and national policies have left behind older, industrial communities like Flint, Saginaw and Bay City,” Congressman Kildee said. “Congress must change the way it thinks about these communities and what we can do to help spur job growth and opportunity in these unique places. I am proud to host this important event along with Congressman Higgins, who represents Buffalo, New York, a community that has a lot in common with the places I represent.”
(To watch the roundtable discussion click above or got to: https://www.facebook.com/RepBrianHiggins/posts/10154770194961441)