THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release
Friday, June 9, 2000
VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES
LIVABLE COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
Washington, DC -- Vice President Al Gore today announced a
30-point Livable Communities Initiative to offer more choices to communities
seeking to improve their quality of life. The Initiative represents a package
of policy actions plus a set of voluntary partnerships with communities across
"Our goal is to provide communities with the tools and resources
they need to create more livable communities -- places where families enjoy
sustained prosperity, personal freedoms, a strong sense of community, and a
high quality of life" Vice President Gore said.
The initiative includes topics such as expanding transportation
choices, creating parks, protecting the environment, increasing public safety,
and investing in education. It covers areas from revitalizing cities, to
reducing congestion, to protecting farmland.
"This effort is based on one fundamental principal -- communities
know best," Vice President Gore said. "It's about enhancing the quality of
our lives, keeping our prosperity, and building a stronger sense of community
--and doing so in ways that respect local preferences and personal freedoms."
As part of the initiative, Gore said the federal government is
entering into voluntary partnerships with 15 communities across the country to
demonstrate how the federal government can best align its resources to support
local goals. In these areas, federal efforts will be coordinated across agency
lines -- providing more seamless service and simplifying access to federal
programs. Each community's priorities and goals will drive the
"These partnerships will test innovative new approaches to
building livable communities,"Vice President Gore said. "We will be working
with communities to solve problems they've identified -- not dictating
solutions from a thousand miles away--and the lessons we learn will be broadly
applied to other areas in the future."
"This initiative is not about no growth,' but
smart growth,' the kind that builds a stronger community while
achieving local goals."
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