Federal officials praise Kansas City's Green Impact Zone

White House officials who visited Kansas City's Green Impact Zone on Tuesday said the city's coordination of federal and local dollars to create jobs, promote sustainable energy and revitalize the central city should be an example for the rest of the country.

Adolfo Carrion, director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, said President Barrack Obama was determined to show that inner cities across the country need not continue to decay but that they can, with the right federal help, be restored and renewed.

The Green Impact Zone is a 150-block area that's targeted for home weatherization on a massive scale, bus rapid transit and sustainable energy. U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, has teamed with the federal government, city officials, the Mid-America Regional Council and neighborhood leaders to pursue the concept.

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