Above, City of San Marcos staff and city councilmembers meet with U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett during the city's Washington D.C. visit on June 15. Photo courtesy of City of San Marcos
City councilmembers, staff talk grant opportunities during Washington, D.C. visit
City of San Marcos staff and city councilmembers spoke with several U.S. representatives and senators as well as multiple federal agencies during a visit to Washington D.C.
City staff and councilmembers discussed federal programs and funding sources available to support the San Marcos community and its residents during the visit.
“Meeting face-to-face with our representatives in Washington, D.C. provided us a valuable opportunity to communicate San Marcos’ needs to our elected officials,” Mayor Jane Hughson said. “Our visit to the nation’s Capitol will assist us in applying for grants and developing programs that will benefit our residents and businesses.”
City representatives met U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Sen. John Cornyn, and Sen. Ted Cruz and their respective staff during their D.C. visit between June 14-16. City officials also met with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Additionally, the city said staff members worked with The Normandy Group, a bipartisan government relations firm, to develop a schedule for the visit focused on the city’s priorities.
Topics discussed during the visit included improving transit and transportation, supporting flood mitigation efforts and public safety, and promoting economic and workforce development.
“We appreciate the opportunity we had to meet with our elected representatives and staff members from various federal agencies in Washington, D.C.,” Interim City Manager Stephanie Reyes said. “Following our productive conversations, we’re looking forward to pursuing potential funding to meet critical needs in our community.”
The annual visit is part of the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Program, which participates in state and federal legislative processes as directed by the city council. The city said its last visit to Washington, D..C occurred in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information provided by City of San Marcos