Commissioner Lynda Bell advocates for Miami-Dade County residents on Capitol Hill
Commissioner Lynda Bell and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce traveled to Washington, D.C. last week during the biannual “Fly-In” to the nation’s capital to advocate members of Congress and federal administrators on behalf of critically important priorities for the residents of Miami-Dade County.
Among some of the important local issues to which Commissioner Bell advocated for:
- The Miami International Aerospace Show
- Transportation Reauthorization Programs
- Funding and incentives for the agriculture industry
- Support for Congressional passage of the Colombia, Panama and, South Korean Free Trade Agreements (subsequently passed on Wednesday, October 12, 2011)
“This recent trip to our nation’s capital proved to be an invaluable opportunity to impress upon the South Florida Congressional Delegation, as well as other federal administrators, the urgency of our community’s priorities and the challenges that must be overcome to revitalize and promote true economic growth in South Florida.” - Said Commissioner Bell.
Over a two day period, Commissioner Bell met with U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, as well as Representatives Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, and Rivera to discuss the recently passed Free Trade Agreements, the visa waiver program, the Miami International Aerospace Show, and to provide an update on regional issues.
Commissioner Bell also met with Mr. Ari Matusiak, Executive Director of the White House Business Council, Ms. Stephanie Valencia, Associate Director and Assistant to the President on Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Ms. Kathleen Ferguson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Air Force, and Mr. Edward Jennings, Jr., the Regional Administrator for the Housing and Urban Development Agency.