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Mayor Mallory meeting with President Obama

Mayor Mark Mallory Mayor Mark Mallory

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory is meeting with President Barack Obama Thursday at the White House.

Mayor Mallory plans to discuss the city's federal funding requests and the effects the President's economic recovery plan had on the city.

"I want the President to know that we appreciate his help and that we are ready to work with him on big projects that will improve our transportation network and revitalize our neighborhoods," said Mayor Mallory. "We have done a lot of groundwork and our applications are among the strongest in the country. I am going to make sure that the President knows how important his help is to Cincinnati."

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has announced over $67 million in federal funding to Cincinnati in both direct funding to city projects and funding that passes through the city to other local communities. In addition, over $49 million has been announced for projects benefiting the region, such as the Banks project, Interstate 75 reconstruction and the Eastern Corridor project.

Just last week, the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County received more than $24 million as part of the second round of Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding, which will be used to clean up properties in neighborhoods that have been hard hit by the housing crisis. The targeted areas in the city and county are Avondale, East Price Hill, Evanston, Northside, Golf Manor, Lincoln Heights and Mount Healthy.

The City of Cincinnati has applied for $60 million from the federal TIGER grant program (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) to fund the streetcar project. The city could also benefit from Ohio receiving its requested $564 million in federal stimulus funds for the 3C "Quick Start" Passenger Rail Plan that would connect Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

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