Commissioners report on D.C. trip

	Van Buren County Commissioner Chairman Richard Godfrey, center,  Vice Chairman Kurt Doroh, left, and Commissioner Mike Chappell joined a Michigan contingent of nearly 80 county leaders in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 3, at a White House Conference to discuss greater cooperation between local and federal leaders.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Van Buren County Commissioner Chairman Richard Godfrey, Vice Chairman Kurt Doroh and Commissioner Mike Chappell joined a Michigan contingent of nearly 80 county leaders on Oct. 3, at a White House Conference to discuss greater cooperation between local and federal leaders.
    The Michigan visit, held in conjunction with delegations from Ohio and Kentucky, is part of an ongoing effort by the Trump administration to solicit local views on public policy challenges. Michigan’s first such visit to the White House came in the summer of 2017.
    “This was a great opportunity for our local county commissioners,” said Chappell. “Not only was there great information and updates presented, but it also created many networking opportunities and provided contact information to our department heads at the national level.”
    Before traveling to the White House for a tour of the East Wing and policy briefings in the West Wing, the three commissioners attended a breakfast briefing from the Michigan Association of Counties and National Association of Counties.
    Among those addressing the county leaders in the West Wing on such themes as economic development, the opioid crisis and the “Waters of the United States” rule were: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos; Andrew Wheeler, head of the Environmental Protection Agency; Lawrence Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council; and Jim Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
    “Building relationships is critical to the policy process, be it at the local, state or national level” said Stephan W. Currie, executive director of the Michigan Association of Counties. “Two years ago, I was proud to see a delegation of about 50 travel to the White House. I’m even prouder that this year’s contingent is even larger. We appreciate the efforts of the administration and NACo to solicit the views of our membership on the challenges facing regional governments in our state.”
    For more information on the Michigan Association of Counties, visit www.micounties.org.
    For more information on NACo, visit www.naco.org.
 

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