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Ed Montgomery Steps Down From His Position at the White House

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On: Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 9:25AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Ed Montgomery Steps Down From His Position at the White House

President Obama formally gave his farewell today to Ed Montgomery, the White House aide in charge of channeling aid to towns that were hit hardest by the effects the recession had on the auto industry.

Edward B. Montgomery, an American economist, academic, and politician, and former member of the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry (serving as Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers in the Obama administration), has made a decision to take a position as Dean of Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

In late 2008, after the election of Barack Obama, Montgomery was appointed to the presidential transition team concerned with the Department of Labor. In February 2009, he was named by Obama to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry. In March of 2009, Obama appointed Montgomery as Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. This position oversees the struggling United States automobile industry as a result of the automotive industry crisis of 2008–2009.

Montgomery’s recent exit has inspired the president and Gov. Jennifer Granholm to pay tribute to him; according to The Michigan Messenger, the following is a synopsis of the praise the Obama administration gave Montgomery in a farewell speech:

“There is no overstating the support Ed Montgomery has given the state of Michigan, and I want to thank President Obama for appointing him at a critical time in our history. Last year was cataclysmic for the auto industry. General Motors, Chrysler, and over 50 auto suppliers declared bankruptcy. Bank lending froze. Auto sales tanked. Foreclosures hit record highs while home values plunged. And our unemployment rate soared as middle-class manufacturing jobs disappeared by the tens of thousands. At every step of the way on each and every one of these issues Ed Montgomery and his team were front and center, advocating for Michigan. Ed visited communities large and small, listening to people’s concerns for hours at a time and then went about chipping away at problems by helping identify solutions.”

President Obama praised Montgomery for his "tireless effort to cut through red tape and speed the economic recovery for those hit hardest by the auto industry's struggles." The president also stated that the results of his work are apparent “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." The president also stated, "My administration's commitment to auto workers and communities remains strong. We will move quickly to find a replacement."


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