Box 15, Folder 3, Document 38

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HUD-No. 69-0506 10:00 a.m., Thursday
Phone (202) 755-6980 June 26, 1969


Secretary George Romney of the U. S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development today announced the tender of a
$5,766,000 Model Cities contract to Denver, Colo.

Denver will also be given support from other programs
administered by HUD, and the Department of Health, Education and
Welfare, the Department of Labor, the Office of Economoc Oppor-
tunity and the National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities.

Today's action by Secretary Romney will enable Denver to
begin the first-year action phase under its comprehensive five-
vear Model Cities program. State, county, local and private
resources will also be used by the city in its concentrated,
coordinated attack on the serious social, economic and physical
problems within the Model Cities area.

Secretary Romney, who is Chairman of the President's Cabinet
Committee on Voluntary Action, noted the extensive private and
public involvement in the Denver program. Volunteer groups will
be active during the first-year action program. For example,
the Metro Denver Fair Housing Center, Inc. will operate the
Housing Finance and Development project. The city also proposes
to enlist the Advisory and Investment Group to operate the
Consultive Services Organization project. The Board of Directors
of this organization includes the industrial and commercial
leaders of Denver as well as residents of the model neighborhood.

Several United Fund agencies are also participating in the
Denver Model Cities program, including the Metro Denver Child
Care Association and the Metropolitan Council for Community
Services. It is planned that the construction trade unions will
conduct two manpower projects and the Urban League will be
involved in a pre-apprenticeship training program.

Commenting on the decision to tender a contract, Secretary

Romney explained that this was done after a careful review of the
Denver comprehensive plan. The plan was thoroughly studied and

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analyzed both by the Regional and Washington Interagency Review
Committees representing those Federal departments and agencies
with urban aid programs.

"During the past several months, Denver has done an excellent
job in revising its proposals and improving its capability to
operate in the first-year action program," he said.

A total of 150 communities in 45 states, the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico are participating in the Model Cities
program. The first applications for planning grants were approved
in November 1967.

For further information: Michael DiNunzio
Model Cities Director
1150 Bannock Street
Denver, Colorado 80202

Mayor William H. McNichols
Denver City and County Building
Denver, Colorado 80202

Note: A summary of the Denver Model Cities program is available
upon request to the Office of Public Affairs, U. S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development,

Washington, D. C. 20410.
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