By Vickie Thomas

DETROIT (WWJ) – The city of Detroit could be getting a big helping hand from the federal government.

WWJ’s City Beat reporter Vickie Thomas reports that Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will join with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Monday morning to announce details of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative.

Detroit is among five other cities that will be part of the program. The help comes in three major areas that represent the priorities of the Bing Administration. They are planning and development, transportation (which includes the much talked about light rail system) and the third is workforce development.

A fellowship program is also part of the initiative. At least a dozen fellows will live in Detroit for a number of years to work with the administration to move the program forward.

WWJ Newsradio 950 will have more details on this program following a 9:00 a.m. news conference.

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