Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan told county officials yesterday that HUD will begin to push programs that link housing initiatives, such as the use of community development block grant funds, with transportation and education plans to create sustainable, interconnected communities.

Donovan, who made the remarks at the National Association of Counties' annual legislative conference, also joined other Obama administration officials in pledging that the federal government will be a better partner to state and local governments than under the previous administration.

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