They're Here: Obama's Auto Recovery Team Hits Cleveland Today

WASHINGTON - Wednesday, June 3rd through Friday, June 5, members of the United States Cabinet and Obama administration officials will travel across the Midwest to visit auto communities and discuss federal recovery efforts for auto communities and workers.

Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, Small Business Administrator Karen Mills, Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli and Dr. Ed Montgomery, the President's Director of Auto Recovery and Workers, made stops in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

A few highlights of today's announcements are below:

  • Secretary Solis announced $49 million in additional TAA assistance for the state of Michigan at an event with Governor Granholm and Congressman Dingell in Romulus, MI.
  • While in Perrysburg with Gov. Ted Strickland today, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has certified for release $88,169,529 in unemployment insurance (UI) modernization incentive funds for the state of Ohio. The state qualified for the funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) by allowing workers to use their more recent earnings to qualify for benefits.
  • Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced at an event with SBA Administrator Karen Mills the availability of $27 million in Economic Development Administration American Recovery and Reinvestment Act competitive grants targeted for businesses in Midwest auto communities. In Ohio, Karen Mills discussed increased expansion to SBA 7-a loans and the new floor plan financing pilot program.
  • During a visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced nearly $50 million from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to advance commercial deployment of the renewable heating and cooling systems. The expanded manufacturing and installation of GHPs could aid in the creation of new jobs while reducing the use of fossil fuels.
  • Assistant Attorney General and Dr. Ed Montgomery met with Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit Police Department officials to discuss JAG funding and increased resources to help fight crime in our communities.
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Indianapolis, Ind., to discuss Obama administration's recovery efforts for auto communities and workers. He also announced $42.3 million in additional funding to 14 states to improve water quality, increase water supply, decrease soil erosion, and improve fish and wildlife habitat while creating jobs, including $8.1 million for Indiana.