For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. March 4, 2014. A number of elected officials and staff are in Washington, D.C. this week attending the first Northwestern Nevada Shared Federal Framework: "One Region-One Voice." Commissioners Bonnie Weber and Kitty Jung, Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller, and Interim Social Services Director Ken Retterath are representing Washoe County at the event.
A number of public and private organizations are participating in discussions this week in Washington, D.C. with a goal to highlight various federal issues of regional significance to northwestern Nevada in a united voice. The large contingency of leaders is meeting with each member of the Nevada and Washoe County's federal delegation, as well as with a number of Congressional committee chairs and members.
Legislative priorities set by Washoe County Commissioners include:
- Passage of Sage Grouse legislation to mitigate for any future listing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- I-11 project development in western Nevada
- Ongoing funding to support the regional continuum of Human Services, including addressing our aging population
- Funding to support fire fuels management
Washoe County Vice-Chair, Bonnie Weber says, "It’s a busy agenda this week and Commissioner Jung and I just met with Senator Harry Reid and the Nevada Association of Counties. Congresswoman Dina Titus stopped by to address the 30 plus attendees with the Shared Federal Framework as well as Congressmen who Chair committees that are important to our efforts. We will be meeting with Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Mark Amodei and participating in a presentation by our own blue-ribbon panel to senior staff and decision makers. The goal is to give a high-level regional perspective on what we see happening on the ground in northern Nevada and showing Washington that we are working as 'One Region-One Voice' to better address the needs of our community."