Posted on: May 25, 2016

Mayor Seeks Federal Support for Local Initiatives

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Mayor Craig Thurmond’s efforts in Washington, D.C. during Infrastructure Week 2016 (May 16 – 23) put Broken Arrow in the national spotlight, as he presented the economic benefits obtained through the City’s infrastructure investments.

Mayor Thurmond was one of six elected officials from the National League of Cities (NLC) who attended Capitol Hill briefings advocating for the tax exemption for municipal bonds, reauthorization of the EPA Brownfields Program, and water infrastructure investment. The NLC is made up of municipal government leaders dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Mayor Thurmond was also featured as a guest blogger on NLC's blog,, along with Senator Jim Inhofe, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Mayor Patrick Wojahn, College Park, Maryland, Mayor Stephanie Miner, Syracuse, New York, and Council Member Ron Nirenberg, San Antonio, Texas. Through both the Capitol Hill briefing and the blog post, the Mayor was able to promote the Rose District, Broken Arrow’s advanced manufacturing sector and job growth.

"It was a great honor to have the opportunity to showcase Broken Arrow's successes on Capitol Hill," said Mayor Thurmond. “It is vitally important that our City’s interests are represented on the national level, so that our federal grant applications get the attention needed for approval.”

While in Washington D.C., Mayor Thurmond also met with Senator James Lankford and Congressman Jim Bridenstine to ask for their support for the following grants:

  • COPS grant totaling $875,000 to hire seven (7) additional police officers.
  • Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant totaling $1,486,320 to hire 11 additional firefighters.
  • Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grants totaling $1,017,622 to build a network of bicycle/walking lanes throughout the community and into the Rose District.
  • Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant totaling $5 million to widen 23rd Street (County Line Road) at the BA Expressway and improve the infrastructure to accommodate future growth.

Last year, Mayor Thurmond was elected to serve a two-year term on the National League of Cities Board of Directors. Over the next two years, Thurmond will participate in six Board of Directors meetings at NLC convenings in Washington and across the nation. NLC paid all expenses for the Mayor’s recent trip to Washington.

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