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Hear why other elected leaders are joining First & Main

  • “Federal support through HUD, CDBG, and EPA Brownfields programs have been crucial to our city's renaissance. With this assistance, we have been able to tear down blighted and dangerous buildings, build new affordable senior housing in the heart of downtown, and allow several entrepreneurs to launch successful businesses.”
    Supervisor Gregory Young
    Fulton County, New York
  • “Belfast has a vibrant and diverse economy. Our federal partnerships and access to proven federal programs like CDBG, Brownfields Assessment grant money, and the Community Enterprise grant have allowed us to leverage local and state investment in the revitalization of our community. As we move forward in planning for affordable housing and economic growth, these programs will continue to be essential in ensuring our progress.”
    Mayor Samantha Paradis
    City of Belfast, Maine
  • “As our city pursues an ambitious downtown redevelopment strategy, we want to be sure that our infrastructure can support rapid growth, and that the benefits of an improving local economy are shared equitably through job opportunities and affordable housing. The CDBG and HOME programs, among others, are vital parts of this equation.”
    Mayor Noam Bramson
    City of New Rochelle, New York
  • “In a city that still feels the effects of the farm-equipment manufacturing crisis of the 1980s, it's important for our residents to know that while these factories may have skipped town, their government has not. The support from federal programs like Community Development Block Grants has helped us make smart investments in parts of town that others abandoned and neglected, creating new opportunities for prosperity.”
    Alderman Dylan Parker
    City of Rock Island, Illinois
  • “In the City of Huntington, we know the importance of reliable federal partners in addressing the challenges that impact America's heartland communities. The First & Main Coalition is uniting the voices of local leaders to protect the federal programs that are critical to our communities' ability to overcome adversity. Together, we are advancing the common goal of livable, vibrant communities.”
    Mayor Steve Williams
    City of Huntington, West Virginia
  • “Our EPA Building Blocks technical assistance workshop helped us put a monetary value on the decisions we make, transformed how many of our elected leaders think, and provided the numbers we needed to make the case for smarter growth to our residents. Cities cannot afford to lose such transformative assistance.”
    Mayor Robert Reichart
    Macon-Bibb County, Georgia