Reconnecting America board member Andriana Abariotes and Bob Murphy, the Mayor of Lakewood, Co., testified Thursday before the House Committee on Financial Services in support of the Livable Communities Act.
The remarks of Abariotes, who is executive director of the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and Mayor Murphy were well received. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) was particularly interested in the work being done in the Twin Cities, and Mayor Murphy discussed the TOD planning study for the West Corridor. The mayor brought along some of the West Corridor TOD planning studies developed with assistance from Reconnecting America.
In prepared remarks, Abariotes told the committee, "I am here today to talk about the relationship between the provisions laid out in the Livable Communities Act and community development activities."
Abariotes focused on LISC's Building Sustainable Communities initiative, and in particular the work on the…
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