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Mayor Abramson Meets With President Obama

Friday February 20, 2009

White House meeting discusses job-creating stimulus package 

After joining other big-city mayors at a White House meeting Friday, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said he hoped federal economic stimulus money would be on the streets working throughout Louisville later this year.

Abramson also believes that Louisville residents will know within six months what projects and programs federal aid will go to, what the city’s priorities are and how soon work will start and be completed.

“This money will have a real impact in Louisville – it will put people to work repairing roads and bridges and building new school classrooms,” Abramson said. “The stimulus will create jobs when our economy needs them most.”

Abramson said he did not yet have an estimate of how much federal aid ultimately would come to Louisville as a result of the stimulus package.

Abramson was among dozens of mayors who met this morning with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Cabinet members to discuss plans for implementing the economic stimulus package.

Some of the job-creation dollars will go directly to cities but much of the money will flow through states to local communities and agencies.

This is the third time Abramson, a member of the executive committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, has been invited to talk with Obama in recent months to discuss the stimulus package.