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Dan Kildee delivers State of the District Speech

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(02/21/14) - Congressman Dan Kildee says progress has been made in his Mid-Michigan district - but there's still a lot of work to be done.

That's the message he delivered, Friday, during his first State of the District address.

Kildee highlighted some of the accomplishments that have been made in his district over the past year that he has been in Congress.

He says he's pleased with FBI statistics that were released Wednesday stating that crime is down in Flint. It reveals an overall drop of 26 percent for the first six months of 2013.

He also talked about the bills he plans to introduce next week that are aimed at reducing violence, and other victories that have helped with future growth in the area.

"We were able to get, for example, $23 million into Flint to help deal with blight and abandonment. There's some new developments taking place in downtown. That's a sign, companies that are investing like Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy. There are some positive things to build upon but we need to continue to reinvest," he said.

Kildee told ABC12 that although a lot of good things are happening, public safety, job creation, manufacturing and education must be a priority in the future.

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