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AZ Mayor in DC to Discuss City Challenges with Federal Leaders

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023   

One Arizona mayor is among the more than 2,800 elected city officials in Washington, D.C., this week for The National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference.

The conference is an opportunity for local leaders to meet with federal officials to discuss how federal policies make their way to local governments.

Roberta Cano, mayor of Winslow, said it is her second time attending the conference, which she called a "springboard" for projects in her community, one of which is a levee Winslow is trying to improve after being decertified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2008.

She noted with the help of leaders at the Capitol, they have started the process to get the levee fixed.

"We were able to have a strong enough voice to get awarded $66 million to start the design and process to get our levee fixed," Cano reported. "Once that is repaired and is certified and all to protect our city, our economy is just going to boom."

Cano pointed out since the decertification of the levee, 90% of Winslow residents have had to get flood insurance on top of their regular home insurance, which she added has put a hefty financial burden on many.

Cano emphasized events such as the conference offer smaller cities like hers the ability to learn about federal funding and programs which otherwise would have gone unknown. Cano added it is a great chance to get to speak with other local leaders about the challenges they are facing and the solutions they are implementing.

"I pick everybody's brain as much as I can to deal with issues like recycling and housing, and even our fentanyl drug issues," Cano stated. "You want to talk about the most dynamic people in one setting, come to this conference, and you will just feel this energy. It'll blow you away."

Cano and other mayors will head to the Capitol today to meet with federal leaders and share infrastructure plans, following the recent two-year anniversary of the American Rescue Plan.


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