Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Esq. (spouse of Vice President Kamala Harris), 5th from left, joins Mayor Aftab Pureval, 4th from left) and delegation from Ohio at the White House. Photos provided

Discuss how federal initiatives are impacting Ohio

Contributed by Cincinnati Mayor’s Office

Mayor Aftab Pureval and a delegation from Ohio met with the Biden administration at the White House last week to discuss the impact of federal initiatives. The Mayor was joined by Hamilton County Commissioner President Stephanie Summerow Dumas, Hamilton County Commissioners Alicia Reece and Denise Driehaus, African American Chamber President Eric H. Kearney, voting advocate Prentiss Haney, Dr. Andy Beck of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Stephen Hightower, President & CEO of Hightower Petroleum. Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney also attended. The meeting was the kickoff for the Biden-Harris’ Administration’s Communities in Action Series – one created to showcase how the President’s legislative achievements have helped working families around the country.  Pureval also discussed future opportunities for investment, as well as large infrastructure projects like the Brent Spence Bridge and the Western Hills Viaduct.

(Back, left to right) Mayor Aftab Pureval, Hamilton County Commissioner President Stephanie Summerow Dumas, and African American Chamber President Eric H. Kearney. (Front, left to right) Dr. Andy Beck, Hamilton County Commissioner Alicia Reece, Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus, Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, and voting advocate Prentiss Haney. (Front and center) Business leader Stephen Hightower.

“I am honored that top White House officials requested Cincinnati’s representation at its “Communities in Action: Building a Better America” effort,” Pureval said. “The crucial American Rescue Plan funds, and the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued support, have not only kept us afloat, but have allowed Cincinnatians to thrive, moving us closer to the equitable economy we desire for future generations.”

(Left to right) Senior Presidential Advisor Keisha Lance Bottoms, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, Secretary of HUD Marcia Fudge, and Senior Presidential Advisor Julie Rodriguez discuss expenditure of AARP funds with Ohio delegation.

Using ARP dollars, the City has already leveraged the promise of the Biden-Harris Administration’s CHIPS and Science Act, planning the creation of ready to build sites to capitalize on the Intel deal and attract high tech manufacturing to Cincinnati.  The mayor also highlighted the incredible opportunity that lies in the Inflation Reduction Act, as it is expected to lower costs for families, combat the climate crisis, create good paying jobs, and make the tax code fairer.

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