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For Immediate Release:

 

Friday, March 24, 2005

Goodyear Goes to Washington; Obtains

Promise of Funding Help for I-10 Project

 

(Goodyear, AZ) A six-member delegation from the City of Goodyear traveled to our nation’s capitol to represent the City at the National League of Cities annual conference in March and to do some lobbying on the City’s behalf.  The delegation was made up of Councilmembers Rob Antoniak, Brenda Holland, Georgia Lord and Fred Scott, along with Goodyear staff members Kelly Dalton, Mayor and Council Management Assistant, and Jerene Watson, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager/Community Services Director.

 

Meetings in Washington included visits to the Capitol Hill offices of Senator Jon Kyl, Congressman Trent Franks, and Congressman Ed Pastor (who formerly represented Goodyear and remains a friend in Congress) to discuss financial assistance for Goodyear and the other SW Valley cities for the costs of accelerating the widening of I-10. These meetings were in follow-up to previous meetings Mayor Jim Cavanaugh and staff had with Senator John McCain, Kyl, Franks, Congressman Raul Grijalva and Pastor’s staff. The Governor's State of Arizona federal relations staff was also contacted during the visit. 

 

At a breakfast with Senators Kyl and McCain, Kyl repeated his commitment to obtain $5 million in federal funds for the I-10 project.  Both Congressmen Franks and Grijalva have also made identical requests in the House for aid to our Southwest Valley cities for this federal highway improvement.

 

At the conference, First Lady Laura Bush was a keynote speaker and our Goodyear contingent had the good fortune of being seated in the second row for this event.

 

 
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