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Commissioner headed to D.C. for national summit

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BRIGHTON — Adams County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Eva J. Henry will travel to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in Building One America’s Second National Summit on Inclusive Suburbs and Sustainable Regions.

    The summit brings together state and local leaders and federal policymakers to seek bipartisan solutions to challenges around housing, schools and infrastructure facing America’s metropolitan regions and diverse middle-class suburbs.
    During the summit, Commissioner Henry will meet with Obama administration officials to lobby for increased federal financial support for a wide range of initiatives in Adams County.
    “My goal for this trip is to meet with federal policymakers and bring attention to inequitable policies that focus on urban areas to the detriment of suburban areas,” said Commissioner Henry. “National trends demonstrate that America’s suburbs are not as well funded as our cities, and the Denver metropolitan region is no exception. We need to ensure that federal investments provide equal benefits to the citizens of Adams County.”
    The upcoming Building One America summit is not the first attended by Commissioner Henry; in 2011, she attended the group’s first-ever White House forum, during which she met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and helped secure a $15-million federal grant (TIGER IV) for the creation of an HOV lane on I-25 between US 36 and 120th Avenue. This project was the only Colorado application to receive federal TIGER IV grant funding in 2012.
    At this year’s summit, Commissioner Henry will meet with several White House and key agency officials, including David Agnew, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; John Frece, Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities; Salin Geevarghese, U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Senior Advisor for Housing and Communities in the Office of Sustainable Communities; and Therese McMillan, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration representing the U.S. Department of Transportation.
    For more information on Building One America’s Second National Summit on Inclusive Suburbs and Sustainable Regions, visit www.buildingoneamerica.org.