THE WHITE HOUSE
April 26, 1994
Dr. John I. Gilderbloom
HANDS Project Director
College of Business and Public Administration
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 40292
Thank you for your letter of March 17 and the copy of HANDS On!. I hope your participation in the National Housing and Community Development Conference was successful.
I applaud the work of the Housing and Neighborhood Development Strategies (HANDS) project. It is just this kind of comprehensive, community-based partnership effort that my Administration is trying to stimulate in distressed communities across the country. I am convinced that the most effective ideas for local economic renewal will come from the communities themselves.
Partnerships like the HANDS project that bring all community sectors together -- state and local government, business, universities, non-profits, community-based institutions and residents themselves -- around a comprehensive vision for change are critical to helping distressed communities join the economic mainstream. Again, I applaud the HANDS project for its successes thus far and wish you continued success in the future.