You can rest easy now, because Spokane Mayor Mary Verner is in Washington, D.C., this week advocating for a variety of important needs, including transportation. A news release just sent out from the City says Verner is attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting and advocating for:
– Funding and policy to support public safety, including the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) program.
– Transportation priorities, including Surface Transportation Act reauthorization, providing transportation funding directly to cities, and providing flexibility for cities to use funds to create complete streets that accommodate motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Community Development Block Grant funding for neighborhoods.
– Ongoing support for Workforce Development, including summer youth employment programs.
-Support for insurance and lines of credit through the Small Business Administration (SBA) that would allow small business to support jobs.