Did you know that all congressional sessions open with the recital of the Pledge?
For the past 17 years the members of the San Joaquin Council of Governments (COG) have been indivisible in organizing and executing a “One Voice” trip to Washington D.C. to attract Federal
matching funds to critical city and county transportation projects.
If you believed breaking news during the first week in May, COG’s One Voice team was flying into a shutdown of Washington D.C. At that moment the media portrayal of our nation’s leadership was that of polarized Congress and President that said a shutdown would be a good idea.
However, this public-private COG partnership ventured across the nation into this threatening political standoff to tell our story and ask for support from our Federal partners.
By the end of the week, the climate had changed and Congress had negotiated, passed and the President had signed a $1.1 trillion five month Federal budget. Not only that, the house had sent a revised health care package to the Senate.
San Joaquin’s ability to bring together the public and private sectors in a well-organized consistent, effort has paid off in the past with over $800 million in highway and bridge improvements.
This consistency of indivisible collect partnership efforts in the face of uncertainty is the hallmark of COG’s educating Washington to the needs of our communities. This consistent ability to continuously tell a positive story of our community’s vision for a better economic future is essential no matter what
the political or economic situation.
The one clear message we got from Congress and agency heads is that the new administration is going to work first to with public-private partnerships like ours who are ready, willing and indivisible.
Reprinted courtesy Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce Port O Call.