(WMC) - If you look around City of Memphis, you may notice changes to communities like Broad Avenue and downtown. We can thank federal funding for many of those changes.
White House officials were in town this week to see how our city has improved. They liked what they saw.
The tours started on Main Street with the Downtown Memphis Commission president explaining the Main to Main project that will connect downtown to West Memphis, Ark. From there, they toured several revitalized neighborhoods, including Broad Avenue.
"Whether it's a small grant of $60,000 or $6 million, this has given us an opportunity to show that you are really impacting the quality of life of tens of thousands of individuals," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.
Federal officials, including U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) representative Ed Jennings, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx, and U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, hit the ground running.
"Your presence here today underscores the importance of federal and local partnerships, and true partnerships," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.
"It's very exciting," said Sarah Newstok, Special Projects for Livable Memphis. "We have a lot of visitors who come through to see what has happened on this street [Broad Avenue]."
Broad Avenue in Binghampton welcomed 25 new businesses and $25 million in renovations of once-blighted properties in just three years.
"Three years the neighborhood was starting to stabilize, but it was still a little bit like the Wild West over here," said Robert Taylor, who owns Victory Bike. "We're super excited to see them here and we're super stoked to have them here on Broad Avenue. It's great for Memphis. It's a great story."
It's a story of federal funding, which is helping local projects.
"We're seeing folks delivering on the promises they made," said Foxx. "We're seeing a lot of success stories here in Memphis."
The trio also learned more about Crosstown renovations, The Pyramid project, and additions to the greenline.
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