Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday was a whirlwind. We went to DC to meet with several of our representatives and several agencies. They were Senators Wyden and Merkely, followed by Reps Schrader, Blumenauer, Defazio,and Bonamici. We also went to the US dept of Transportation, Army Corps of Engineers, and attended a White House Conference held for the County Commissioners of several Western States.
At our meetings we advocated for the following issues-interstate 205 congestion relief and safety improvements including our Grant request ,funding for the Sunrise Hiway,phase 2 as part of the federally designated opportunity zones and a BUILD grant of 8.3 million to match our 2 million to replace the Bull run bridge.We were informed the Army corps has completed their analysis of the locks and has committed 2.7 million to repair them and are quite willing to transfer ownership to an agency the state needs to form.We also requested legislative support for the Willamette Falls Landing and Heritage area and the Legacy project(Blue Heron).We specifically thanked Rep Schrader for his help in receiving a Wood Innovations grant of 100k to fund courthouse design and research into its long term enviro benefits.
We discussed federal payment for our forest lands to support schools and sustainable harvest practices, and were pleased to inform them that Sauter Timber is locating a plant in Estacada to process CLT panels and ultimately employ 100 people at family wages!!As you know, this has been a 4 year effort that i have been involved in working towards with our Clackamas team. It is a red letter day for me and for Estacada and the county!! And a big shoutout to Mayor Drinkwine and his team for all the work, with us, to get this project!
We were pleased to inform the reps of a 1.7 million dollar grant Clackamas received to reduce youth homelessness and discussed funding for Health care, housing, veterans homelessness, public health, weatherization, energy assistance, juvenile justice, emergency management, earthquake early warning system, and Urban Areas Security Initiative.
Lastly, we learned of several funding opportunities by our attendance at the White House conference and met with one of the panelists at the Dept of Transportation which , hopefully, will help us secure the Bull Run Bridge grant.
On a personal note, when I returned on Wednesday I got a few hours rest and headed for Hood River to attend a Trade Union conference Thursday and today. I learned more about Project Labor Agreements that help prevent labor unrest on jobs and, more importantly, allow for apprentices to get on the job training and experience as well as guaranteeing a really cooperative working arrangement with management and labor. I also announced my reelection campaign and discussed the progress made here in Clackamas County in rebuilding relationships with our regional partners and the benefits that have accrued to Clackamas County by doing so. As you may know, I have drawn an opponent so I hope I can count on you for support.I would like to continue to work for you for 4 more years.
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