Philadelphia, May 23, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement congratulating San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julián Castro on being nominated to serve as the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by President Barack Obama:
“I want to recognize the vigorous leadership of President Barack Obama in developing our urban agenda. The President’s commitment to community building and empowerment, while also tackling the challenges of poverty, income inequality and public safety, are critical issues that are addressed by HUD. Mayors have the greatest direct impact on the lives of their citizens and the greatest responsibility to get things done. Mayor Castro, with his enterprising and proactive approach to governance, is the embodiment of that can-do spirit and problem-solving know-how, making him an excellent choice by President Obama for U.S. Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“As mayor of a major metropolitan area, Mayor Castro understands the importance of affordable housing and community development projects to strengthening local economies, improving the overall quality of life and building inclusive and sustainable communities.
“Under Mayor Castro’s leadership, San Antonio was one of only five cities nationwide to receive a federal Promise Zone designation to build on its Choice Neighborhood grants and improve housing and educational opportunities on the East Side of Antonio. He has led revitalization efforts citywide and, by the end of 2014, nearly 2,500 new housing will be built in downtown San Antonio.
“Like his predecessor Secretary Shaun Donovan, Mayor Castro has vision. I am looking forward to working with Mayor Castro in his new role. I’d like to thank Secretary Donovan for his years of service and dedication to community development. And, I would like to commend President Obama for naming the dynamic and innovative Julián Castro as U.S. Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”