Local, Federal Leaders Talk Infrastructure In D.C.

Jan 18, 2017

Credit Michael B. Johnston Photography, LLC / Andrew Gillum via facebook

Ahead of President Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, mayors are converging in Washington D.C. to discuss policy goals for the next four years.  Tallahassee’s Mayor Andrew Gillum is in attendance.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is gathering in the capital in hopes of building federal support for local projects.  Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says Vice President Elect Mike Pence addressed the group on its first day of meetings.

“One, he stressed the incoming administration looked forward to working with mayors across America to improve our American cities,” Gillum says.  “And they also talked a good deal about the need for infrastructure investment which I think most of us would agree our communities in [not only] Tallahassee and Leon County, but across the state of Florida could really benefit from.”

Tallahassee pushed the outgoing Obama administration for federal funding to expand Capital Circle.  But in a Congress with skeptical Democrats on the left and budget hawks on the right federal support may be hard to find.