City Staff to Meet with Federal Agency Heads

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City of Brownsville staff is traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with representatives from various federal agencies and national nonprofits and foundations on Monday and Tuesday, June 15-16, 2015. The meetings were arranged with the assistance of Cc.

“The purpose of this trip is to not only inform federal departments of the work Brownsville is already doing, but to also gain insight into how the City can further access federal funding for projects,” said Stephanie Reyes, Brownsville assistant city manager. “Brownsville currently has a number of transportation, quality of life and infrastructure plans in the works, and we must be strategic about leveraging resources in order to bring them to fruition.”

The departments of Grant Management & Community Development, Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport and Brownsville Metro will be joining Ms. Reyes in the nation’s capital. Topics of discussion include the airport’s runway expansion, new terminal and security measures, housing programs and grants, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, increased funding for bus and bus facilities programs, and My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

The group will be meeting with representatives from the White House, U.S. Economic Development Administration, NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Foundation, U.S. Department of Transportation, My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), KaBOOM!, and several U.S. Representatives.

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