White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Update
Welcome to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs state update. In this week's update, President Obama nominates San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to be Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary and current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to be Office of Management and Budget Director. He also discusses the positive economic impact that America's public lands have on local communities and he visits Cooperstown, New York to discuss tourism.
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President Obama Nominates Mayor Julián Castro for HUD Secretary
President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks announcing his intent to nominate Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as Office of Management and Budget Director and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to replace him, in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
On Friday, in the White House State Dining Room, President Obama nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to serve as the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
At the nomination, President Obama spoke about how Mayor Castro's story exemplifies the American Dream:
Julián's grandmother came to this country from Mexico. She worked as a maid, worked as a cook, worked as a babysitter -- whatever she had to do to keep a roof over her family's head. And that's because for her, and generations of Americans like her, a home is more than just a house. A home is a source of pride and security. It's a place to raise a family and put down roots and build up savings for college or a business or retirement, or write a lifetime of memories. And maybe one day the kid grows up in that home and is able to go on to get a great education and become the Mayor of San Antonio, and become a member of the President's Cabinet.
Watch video of the event and read full remarks from the President, Secretary Donovan, and Mayor Castro.
How Public Lands Help Local Economies
President Barack Obama signs a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico, at the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Last Wednesday, President Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a National Monument. In the President's remarks, he illustrated not only the importance of preserving the beauty of this region, but the history as well.
The President also stressed the positive economic impact that America's public lands have on local communities:
It's impossible to put a price on towering peaks and pristine forests and America's cultural history, but we know that our national parks have an economic impact that extends beyond their boundaries. In 2012, hundreds of millions of recreational visits to public lands and waters generated over $50 billion for local communities, and supported nearly 900,000 jobs.
So whether they're hiking or camping or fishing, visitors to our parks and public lands are not only enjoying the bounty of our natural resources, but also they're promoting jobs and they're promoting growth. And continuing to set aside federal land for outdoor recreation will drive critical revenue for those local communities, and preserve our pristine lands for generations to come.
Check out video from the event and read the President's full remarks for more information on the new National Monument.
The President Talks Tourism at the Baseball Hall of Fame
President Barack Obama feigns throwing a ball during a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., May 22, 2014. The ball was originally thrown by President Taft, the first President to throw a first pitch. Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson is at left and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson is at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Last week, President Obama became the first sitting President to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
After taking some time to enjoy the baseball history and memorabilia at the Hall -- which will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this summer -- he talked about the impact that travel and tourism has on our country.
"Today, I'm here in Cooperstown to talk about some new steps that will lead to more tourism not just within America but getting more folks to come and visit the treasures, the national treasures that we have all across this country, including the Baseball Hall of Fame right here in Cooperstown -- because tourism translates into jobs and it translates into economic growth."
And the Hall of Fame is only one example. Last year alone, U.S. travel and tourism were responsible for $1.5 trillion in economic activity, which supported nearly 8 million jobs in communities all across America.
But despite this success, President Obama isn't growing complacent. That's why he announced new executive actions to encourage even more international travelers to visit the U.S., and to make it easier for them to do so.