LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Mayor Jerry Abramson and leaders of major cities will meet Friday with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss how cities will create jobs under the national economic stimulus package, which Obama signed into law Feb. 17.
The meeting, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, will include key members of the president's cabinet, who will discuss how cities can use stimulus money to help jumpstart the economy.
"This money will have a real impact in Louisville - it will put people to work repairing roads and bridges and building new school classrooms," Abramson said. "The stimulus will create jobs when our economy needs them most."
Some of the job-creation dollars will go directly to cities, but much of the money will flow through states to local communities and agencies.
Abramson is meeting with Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday morning in Frankfort to discuss efforts to work closely together to maximize job creation in Kentucky. "We will let the President know we - the Commonwealth and the city - are working together for the good of our country," Abramson said. The mayor also plans to discuss the stimulus with Congressman John Yarmuth, who is holding a meeting this Saturday about the stimulus package. That event, open to the public, starts at 10:30 a.m. at American Legion Hall, 2919 Bardstown Road
Abramson flies to Washington Thursday afternoon. This is the third time Abramson, a member of the executive committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, has been invited to talk with Obama in recent months to discuss the stimulus package.