CCOG is ramping up its efforts to strategically engage with state and federal lawmakers on key issues facing our region. With the support of CCOG’s federal lobbyist, Leslie Mozingo, we will focus on three key areas for federal engagement: relationship building and advocacy around the recently-approved CCOG Federal Action Plan; on demand trouble shooting for members on federal issues; and ongoing communication and support related to federal grant opportunities. At the state level, CCOG has been primarily active through the NC Association of Regional Councils of Governments, but will begin to build stronger relationships with our state legislators in preparation for a more focused action agenda in the coming year.
This month we’re pleased to share the following updates on our federal activities:
• The Executive Board recently approved a Federal Action Plan for the current Congressional session, which includes advocating for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and submission of appropriations language to enable Councils of Governments to be eligible for federal grants.
• CCOG Executive Director Geraldine Gardner and Leslie Mozingo of Strategics Consulting were in Washington, DC in March to meet with House and Senate staff of our region’s Congressional delegation. These introductory meetings are key to building strong relationships with our delegation and have already led to several quick wins as noted below.
• Thank you to U.S. Representative Alma Adams (D-12) for submitting the appropriations language that CCOG requested to four House subcommittees: Agriculture; Transportation-HUD; Commerce-Justice; and Interior-Environment. We appreciate her continued, strong support of CCOG and want to thank Katherine Stewart for working so hard on the Congresswoman’s behalf. Thank you to U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (R-8) and his staff for submitting the appropriations language that CCOG requested to the House Energy-Water subcommittee. These actions will enable CCOG to apply for available competitive grants to better serve our region.
• Thank you to Congresswoman Adams for also signing on to a Dear Colleague letter that encourages including workforce development funding in any future infrastructure package making its way through Congress.
• Members, are you facing a challenge with a federal government agency, have questions about available grants or have other concerns? Reach out to CCOG for assistance by contacting Bobby Williams at Bwilliams@centralina.org. Federal trouble shooting support is one of many benefits of being a CCOG member.
Grant Alert: There are numerous grants open for applications from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and many other federal agencies, such as the popular BUILD grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. CCOG will soon distribute more information on all grants notices pending and forthcoming for which local governments may apply. Meanwhile, to see the expansive list from DOJ, please visit the agency’s grants page at https://grantsnet.justice.gov/programPlan/html/solicitations.htm.