Federal Dollars For Local Projects

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

As the U.S. Senate begins debate on a federal stimulus plan Monday, Tallahassee Commissioners are figuring out how to get a piece of it.
If you're tired of all the road construction around Florida's Capital City, you should consider all the jobs road construction provides.
Tallahassee Commissioners are, and they say Highway projects can bring federal dollars... and the city needs the economic boost.
"We've never seen locally here in my tenure unemployment levels like this. We've never seen foreclosures like this in the housing market so what can we do to help," says Tallahassee Commissioner Debbie Lightsey.
What Tallahassee Commissioners did was spend Monday in retreat... planning ways to galvanize the local economy.
That includes competing for money from the federal stimulus plan Congress is hashing out this week.
"There will be a lot of different people competing with projects. So to the extent that our projects can sort of hit the high notes if you will, that they're looking for, that can be very helpful," says Tallahassee Commissioner Allan Katz.
Tallahassee has a lobbyist who helps shape the city's plans and says the city has the best chance to see federal dollars for highways, transit, aviation, broadband expansion and energy efficiency programs.
"I really hope that all of them come through. I was very, very pleased by the report that we got form our lobbyist in Washington D.C. indicating that he does expect us to get some funds to help us with some of the projects locally," says Tallahassee Mayor John Marks.
But first a federal stimulus plan has to pass through Congress.
In the meantime, local leaders are gearing up to compete against state and other interests around the country.
The U.S. Senate is expected to pass its version of the stimulus plan sometime this week.

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