Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, a member of her staff and three County Council members are part of a local delegation pressing the flesh in Washington, D.C. this week.
Tacoma City Councilmen Jake Fey and Joe Lonergan are in the nation’s capital on the same mission.
They’re part of an annual trip led by the local Chamber of Commerce to talk to federal officials about issues important to the Tacoma-Pierce County area.
That, of course, includes letting members of the Washington Congressional delegation know how important federal dollars would be to various local efforts.
McCarthy and Keri Rooney, one of McCarthy’s top aides, are representing the executive’s office.
Pierce County Council Chairman Roger Bush, R-Graham, and councilmembers Stan Flemming, R-University Place, and Rick Talbert, D-Tacoma, also are in Washington, D.C. this week.
Flemming said this afternoon he and others had a productive meeting with Pentagon officials about ways the Department of Defense might better support military troops and their families stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding military installations.
They were also scheduled to meet with U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, and other members of the Washington delegation.
The News Tribune has asked the offices of the County Council and the executive for details of the trip and its costs. We’ll let you know when we get them.
Here’s an item about the meetings from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber website:
26th Annual Washington-to-Washington, D.C. Conference 2011
Date: 5/2/2011 TO 5/4/2011
Time: 7:30 AM TO 6:00 PM
The Chamber will hold its 26th annual conference in the nation’s capital in early May to allow area business leaders and civic officials to engage in federal issues with our congressional delegation, military officials and federal agency representatives.
The Chamber delegation will advocate on behalf of a number of issues including transportation, international trade, defense installations, health care and economic development.
The majority of the scheduled visits will take place on May 3 and 4, 2011. The conference will begin with a welcome reception on the evening of May 2 and will conclude with a closing dinner on May 4.