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Auto recovery czar stepping down

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Auto recovery czar stepping down

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington -- The Obama administration's auto communities' recovery czar is stepping down after 15 months on the job.

Ed Montgomery, who was named dean of the school of public policy at Georgetown University last week, served as the administration's point man for bringing aid to battered auto industry communities as two major domestic automakers sought bankruptcy protection last year.

"Over the last year, Ed has crisscrossed the country in a tireless effort to cut through red tape and speed the economic recovery for those hit hardest by the auto industry's struggles," President Barack Obama said in a statement today. "The results of his efforts have been felt in auto towns across America -- from the factories being put back to use years ahead of schedule to the workers retraining for jobs in emerging industries."

Montgomery, who joined the administration in March 2009, left his post as dean of the University of Maryland's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Obama said in March 2009 that Montgomery would "ensure that the full resources of our federal government are leveraged to assist the workers, communities and regions that rely on our auto industry."

Automakers cut thousands of jobs as the auto market collapsed.

Montgomery spent four years in the economics department at Michigan State University, from 1986-90. He served in the Labor Department during the Clinton administration, first as the department's chief economist before rising to deputy secretary, the department's No. 2 position, for the last 18 months of the administration.

Obama said Montgomery will be replaced.

"While Ed will be missed, my administration's commitment to autoworkers and communities remains strong. The work of the White House Council on Auto Communities will continue under the direction of Secretary Solis and NEC Director Larry Summers, and we will move quickly to find a replacement for Dr. Montgomery," Obama said.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100614/AUTO01/6140396/1148/auto01/Auto-recovery-czar-stepping-down#ixzz0qrSlJOfa

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Auto recovery chief to resign

BY JUSTIN HYDE

FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s chief overseer for money to aid cities hit by the auto industry’s downturn is leaving the White House for a job at Georgetown University.

Ed Montgomery had headed the White House Council on Auto Communities, which helped coordinate some $125 million in job training money for cities and states, including Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The council also had a role in finding money for reusing abandoned auto sites, such as the $836-million fund paid for by the remnants of General Motors.

Montgomery will become dean of public policy at Georgetown on Aug. 15.

“Over the last year, Ed has crisscrossed the country in a tireless effort to cut through red tape and speed the economic recovery for those hit hardest by the auto industry’s struggles,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

“The results of his efforts have been felt in auto towns across America – from the factories being put back to use years ahead of schedule to the workers retraining for jobs in emerging industries.”

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100614/BUSINESS01/100614037/1210/Auto-recovery-chief-to-resign

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