Sending Office: Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Sent By:
Brian.Duckworth@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague For

H.R. 3454

a bill to reauthorize the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission

November 8, 2017

In July, I introduced H.R. 3454, a bill to reauthorize the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission.

 

The Southeast Crescent Regional Commission encompasses most of the counties of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and parts of Georgia.

 

This area is home to millions of rural and impoverished Americans still reeling from decades of job migration and a lack of investment. Hard-working Americans all across the South need the help of this Congress to break out of the unacceptable cycle of poverty
and unemployment.

 

Although the Commission was first authorized in 2008, a federal co-chair has never been appointed. Quite simply, it has not yet had a chance to make a difference. But the need is there and we must act now to put the Southeast Crescent region on the road
to recovery.

 

Working with the states and localities, the Commission can assist in leveraging public, private and philanthropic resources to improve the overall economy and infrastructure of the region to encourage private investment and promote growth in distressed areas.
We have seen the success achieved through targeted investments by other regional economic development agencies; it is now time for the Southeast Crescent region to have the same opportunity.

 

The Commission can help develop the community’s economic competitiveness and leverage private investment to help improve infrastructure and public transportation, so that employees can get to their jobs. It can help provide job skills training and entrepreneurial
development, ensuring that the jobs that are available can be filled by competent workers.

 

If you have any questions regarding the resolution or would like to cosponsor, please contact Brian Duckworth in my office at
brian.duckworth@mail.house.gov or 202-225-1605.

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