Box 15, Folder 3, Document 42

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HUD-NO. 69-0503 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
$4,410,000 Model Cities contract to Toledo, Ohio.

Toledo will also be given support from other programs
administered by HUD, the Departments of Health, Education and
Welfare, Labor, Agriculture and the Office of Economic Opportunity.

Today's action by Secretary Romney will enable Toledo to
begin the first-year action phase under its comprehensive five-
year 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 Toledo program.

Segments of the larger Toledo business community have been
involved with two groups of young professionals and semi-
professionals-- Harambee and the Toledo Council of Business-- in
the planning and implementation of a number of model neighbor-
hood projects. Other private groups involved in the Model Cities
program include the National Association of Businessmen, Community
Traction Company, Owens-Illinois Corporation, Chamber of Commerce,
the First National Bank and the Toledo Trust Bank. The president
of the local Laborers Union served as chairman of the Employment
Functional Committee.

These groups were also active: Northwest Ohio Council of
Social Services Agencies, American Cancer Society, Maumee Valley
Hospital, Tuberculosis Society of Toledo and Lucas County and
the University of Toledo.

Commenting on the decision to tender a contract, Secretary

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


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and 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, Toledo 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: Charles Penn
Model Cities Director
City Hall
1100 Jackson Street
Toledo, Ohio 43624

Mayor William Ensign
City Hall

1100 Jackson Street
Toledo, Ohio 43624

Note: A summary of the Toledo Model Cities program is available
upon request to the Division of Public Affairs,
U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
Washington, D. C. 20410

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