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Conway delegation takes concerns to Washington
Conway delegation takes concerns to Washington

By Becky Harris, Log Cabin staff writer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A delegation from Conway and Faulkner County spent three days in Washington this week, meeting with the Senate and Congressional delegation and their staffs to talk about “consent agenda” issues affecting the area.

Making the trip were County Judge Preston Scroggin, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, Justice of the Peace Steve Goode, Bill Adkisson, chair of the Conway Development Corp.; Ronnie Williams, chair of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce; Lori Ross, immediate past chair of the Chamber; Lori Case, chair-elect of the Chamber; Laura Grimes, the Chamber’s chief financial officer; and Jamie Gates, vice president of governmental affairs for the Chamber and the CDC.

Gates said they attended a staff reception for Sens. David Pryor and John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin on Tuesday night and met with both Senate office staffs Wednesday.

On Thursday they attended a U.S. Chamber of Commerce policy briefing and met with Congressman Griffin in his office.

“Two of our D.C. delegation are new in those positions, and it was an important time for us to go and meet them and their folks in person,” Gates said.

The model was, he said, to talk only about items on the consent agendas from the city, the county and the business community.

He said they discussed long-term projects affecting the region, including the airport relocation to Lollie Bottoms, funding for the Western Loop, and the extension of Highway 25.

“Another part of the conversation was to speak on behalf of the natural gas industry and its importance to the local and state economies,” Gates said.

The delegation returned to Conway on Thursday night.

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