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September 27, 2000
Washington, DC -- Akron Mayor and Conference of Mayors Trustee Donald Plusquellic was on Capitol Hill Tuesday (September 26), testifying before the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Development about the effectiveness of 1998 management reforms at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
As evidence Plusquellic pointed to a series of innovations implemented by HUD officials to make it easier for cities to get the resources and services they need, including:
Plusquellic testified on September 26 before the Banking Committee's subcommittee on Housing and Transportation. "We haven't always gotten our way from HUD, or received every dollar we've sought from the Department," Mayor Plusquellic said, "but I can only praise the newfound willingness of the Department to work with its clients to obtain flexible solutions to the difficult problems of housing and poverty, rather than approach problems with an approach designed to stifle creativity."
Other witnesses at the hearing included HUD and GAO officials, and experts from Washington think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the United states today. Each city is represented in the membership of the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.