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Rumors of Obama visit appear to be untrue

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JAMES P. LEUTE
June 4, 2010
— He’s the leader of the free world, and he doesn’t confirm his schedule with anyone in Janesville.

So anything’s possible.


But indications are that President Barack Obama is not coming to Janesville next week to make an announcement—according to several rumors around town—that new production is right around the corner for the city’s shuttered General Motors’ plant.


An Obama official, however, will bring a team of government workers to town for an information session, said Bob Borremans, executive director of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.


Ed Montgomery is Obama’s director of recovery for the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers.


“He and his team will be here to listen to input from the community and have a dialogue on how the federal government can help,” Borremans said. “They won’t be coming with a checkbook, and they don’t necessarily have any access to resources.


“But they can offer technical assistance on a variety of different programs and steer us toward specific grant opportunities that may be available in the future.”


Borremans said local leaders would discuss in detail six to eight proposals that could benefit the area with the help of the federal government.


While the majority of those proposals focus on human services, economic development initiatives also are expected to be on the agenda.


The event is scheduled Friday, June 11, at the Walter P. Reuther Memorial Hall on Lafayette Street, the home of United Auto Workers Local 95. It is by invitation only and is not open to the public.



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