Northeast News
Jan. 18, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed has been invited by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, D-MO., to attend the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20, in Washington, DC.

According to a press release from City Hall, President Barack Obama is expected to expand on his plan to increase affordable and competitive broadband options in urban communities in the Address. The President recognized Kansas City as a leader in this area, “paving the way for economic revitalization” through our affordable high-speed broadband. Kansas City’s broadband ultimately improved the economy of the region by attracting new start-ups and retaining existing businesses.

In addition to attending the State of the Union Address, Councilman Reed – a newly appointed Board Member of the National League of Cities (NLC) – will be accompanied by top officials from the organization in several meetings with high-ranking federal officials to share innovative trends in local and state policy initiatives.

“I look forward to representing Kansas City’s Third District and sharing local stories of impact with officials in Washington, DC,” Reed said. “During my time in our nation’s capital, I will seek new opportunities to build partnerships and improve collaboration with federal government to continue strengthening Kansas City’s economy.”