Eastgate Participates in DC Fly-In to Advocate for Valley Projects

Jun 28, 2018


Jim Kinnick, Eastgate’s Executive Director, and Joann Esenwein, Director of Planning, joined the Regional Chamber, Western Reserve Port Authority, local elected officials, and approximately 50 community and business leaders, on a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with federal officials. The trip was organized by the Chamber to inform our federally elected officials of the Valley’s priority projects such as Camp Ravenna as the East Coast Missile Defense Site, the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) and the 910th Airlift Wing priorities and relocation of the main gate, the Mahoning River Dam Removals and Restoration from Lowellville to Brecksville, and the Youngstown SMART2 Network BUILD application.

The Valley delegation met with Matthew Donovan, the Under Secretary of the Airforce, the second-highest ranking civilian official in the Department of the Air Force, Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, Congressman Jim Renacci, Congressman Tim Ryan, and Congressman Bill Johnson on Wednesday, June 20th which included time for questions stirring some very important conversations. They were all aware of the work and progress taking place in the Valley, and the collaboration and coordination between local officials, Eastgate, the Chamber and the Port Authority.

Meetings continued Thursday, June 21st in the Indian Treaty Room in the East Wing of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.  At this time, the group had the opportunity to discuss Camp Ravenna, YARS, the BUILD application, and the Mahoning River clean up with White House staff. Also, the group met and discussed the priorities for the Mahoning River with Andrew Wheeler, the Deputy Administrator of the USEPA. 

Those attending the two-day event felt there was one recurring theme, which was the Valley needs to make this an annual event due to the great value the community can gain from this kind of collaborative trip.

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