Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"The program will embed federal officials inside city government."

Memphis is one of six cities chosen for a White House pilot project called "Strong Cities, Strong Communities," designed to allow local officials to dictate what they need from the federal government, said John Porcari, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, who was in Memphis for the announcement Monday.

"We bend programs to fit local needs, not the other way around," Porcari said. "It's a bottom-up approach instead of a top-down approach."

The program will embed federal officials inside city government. Representatives from the departments of Education, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Justice, Treasury, Labor and the Small Business Administration will live and work in Memphis as part of the project.