Tuesday, May 25, 1999


"All across America, communities are coming together, taking responsibility and creating new opportunity. As we rebuild American communities, we restore the American dream for many who had once thought it out of reach."

President Bill Clinton
May 25, 1999

Today, in Edinburg, Texas, President Clinton and Vice President Gore attended the Community Empowerment conference, which brought together over 500 participants and representatives of Empowerment Zones across the country. The conference, which included seminars to help EZ residents with revitalization efforts, builds on the Administration's six-year record of promoting growth and opportunity for America's underserved communities. The President announced the creation of an interagency task force to assist our Southwest border with its unique economic challenges.

Empowering Communities. Today, the President and Vice President attended this year's Community Empowerment conference in Edinburg, Texas, amid a successful Empowerment Zone (EZ) in the Rio Grande Valley. More than 500 participants attended the conference, including representatives from EZs throughout the country. The conference provided a forum for community members to share valuable lessons and participate in seminars designed to assist EZ residents in their revitalization efforts.

Taking Executive Action to Assist Our Southwest Border. Increased interaction with our Mexican neighbors along the border is creating unique economic development opportunities and challenges. President Clinton has taken executive action to establish an Interagency Task Force on the Economic Development of the Southwest Border. The task force's goal is to coordinate federal and local efforts to raise the living standards and overall economic profile of the Southwest border on a sustained basis.

Building on a Six-year Record of Promoting Growth and Opportunity. Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have been working with the private sector, states, and localities to help revitalize America's communities by bringing capital, jobs, and opportunity to distressed areas and cleaning up the urban environment. President Clinton and Vice President Gore have created or expanded the following initiatives over the past six years:

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