News Release Mayor Warren - Returns to Washington, D.C. This Week

City of Rochester

News Release

Update, Thursday, February, 2014: Mayor Warren will attend President Obama's news conference on the "My Brother's Keeper" program at 3:25 p.m. today. Watch it live below:

(Tuesday, February 25, 2014) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren will return to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday February 26 and Thursday February 27. Her visit will include a private meeting with Vice President Joseph Biden. The Mayor is traveling to Washington to advocate for Rochester and specifically to follow up with the Vice President on the Mayor’s shared concern around strategies to close the middle-skills gap and put more people back to work in advanced manufacturing. 


“When the Vice President spoke at MCC just a few weeks ago, he and I had the chance to discuss an issue of mutual concern -- closing the middle skills gap and helping more people access good-paying, living-wage jobs,” Mayor Warren said. “I look forward to having a more robust and in-depth discussion with the Vice President and other leading members of the President’s Administration about the role Washington can play, and how we can work together to find the best way to move Rochester forward.”

In addition to meeting with the Vice President, Mayor Warren is also scheduled to meet with Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan; Luke Tate, Senior Policy Advisor for Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility and member of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Jay Williams, Nominee for Head of the Economic Development Administration; Matthew Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development; as well as Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Joining Mayor Warren for several of the meetings will be Monroe Community College President Anne Kress; and Tyrone Reaves, President of TruForm Manufacturing. Mayor Warren will also be attending a Black History event at the Vice-President’s residence.

On Thursday evening, Mayor Warren has been invited by President Obama to the launch of “My Brother’s Keeper,” a significant new effort to bolster the lives of young minority men whose lives are disproportionately affected by poverty and prison. “My Brother’s Keeper” will bring foundations and companies together to test a range of strategies to support such young men, taking steps to keep them in school and out of the criminal justice system.


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