Promoting President Barack Obama’s plan to improve the nation’s transportation network in a speech in Washington on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden announced that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will lead the administration’s new “initiative to tackle our nation’s infrastructure deficit”.
Biden said the new initiative is needed to create jobs, improve the national economy and compete in a global marketplace.
The new initiative, he said, will focus on six areas: Creating 21st century skills, increased manufacturing efficiency, high speed rail and education, making high-speed internet available to 95% of Americans, rebuilding public housing and rebuilding downtown Memphis.
In his remarks, Mr Landrieu announced that his city was going to apply for $100 million in federal funding to improve public housing.
Biden’s announcement came at the heart of a five-day swing through Washington, Detroit and New Orleans aimed at promoting Obama’s wide-ranging economic agenda.