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Federal advocacy paying off for city with an eye on future developments

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By The Staff

COMMERCE CITY — The city’s efforts to detail and advocate local issues at the federal level paid off in a variety of ways, as City Council heard during a presentation at the April 14 meeting.

Efforts to address Commerce City’s top priorities with federal officials and elected representatives during advocacy meetings last month in Washington, D.C., were outlined. The meetings involved Mayor Sean Ford; City Manager Brian McBroom; councilmembers Rene Bullock, Jim Benson, and Steven Douglas; as well as Patton Boggs senior policy advisor Mike Dino and city communications director Michelle Halstead.

Among the federal offices and officials reached during the meetings include U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall; U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette; the departments of Housing & Urban Development, Interior, and Transportation; as well as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Railroad Administration.

Specifically, officials focused on exploration of a TIGER planning grant for planned work on Insterstates 270 and 70, the importance reinstating New Market Tax Credits for the Mile High Greyhound Park site redevelopment, the securing of a quiet zone waiver for the 96th Avenue and State Highway 2 railroad crossing, and attempts to preserve current grand funding levels and identifying new grant opportunities for the city regarding transit and housing projects.