Women Mayors conference 2018

Mayor Kling attended the first ever "Women Mayors of America Conference" at the invitation of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs September 20, 2018 in Washington D.C. 

While in our nation's capitol, Mayor Kling took the opportunity to meet with our congressional representatives and staff as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to share some of the challenges facing our community and build relationships between our federal and local government.

Below are a few key take-aways from the working visit:

Congressional Meetings: Building relationship with the congressional staff was very beneficial. They will keep us appraised of new legislation and/or rules that may impact Indian Creek related to our wastewater discharge and FEMA flood plain. With this trip, I’m reminded of the importance of working with our congressional offices and that the staff can serve as a great resource.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): One of the goals of the EPA meeting was relationship building, since we were already in DC. It also served as a great opportunity to share the impact regulatory mandates have on our community. We are at the beginning of obtaining a Reuse Permit and for the long term, a change in the Waters of the US (WOTUS) designation.

The U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos discussed the importance of apprenticeships, along with dual credit opportunities, workforce development, and that successful programs are locally organized. It takes non-profits, business and education all working together. I’m pleased to say that our community is well on our way as we’ve been discussing/collaborating via the Nampa Chamber’s Business & Education Council.

U.S. Small Business Administration - Administrator Linda McMahon shared assistance encouraged small businesses to connect with educational institutions 

Vice President of the United States Pence: Vice President Pence communicated the commitment of the administration to support local efforts and improve relationships between local government and the federal government.

The Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence: The Second Lady communicated the importance of hiring military spouses.

"Workforce and Economic Development Panel"

Margaret Weichert
Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget

Ja'Ron Smith
Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

Beth Van Duyne
Regional Administrator for Housing and Urban Development
(Former Mayor of Irving, Texas)

"Shared Priorities Panel"

Kellyanne Conway
Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor

Shahira Knight
Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs

Mercedes Schlapp
Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications

Panel Discussions: 

  • Next year there will be a focus on funding the nation’s infrastructure. 
  • The Opportunity Zone rules will be out in the next 2-4 weeks. North Nampa is an Opportunity Zone. 
  • The opioid crisis is also an area of focus, with Kellyanne Conway leading this fight for the President. While we are working locally, and collaboratively within the Treasure Valley, to stop this crisis in our area, it will take the local, state and federal government working together to make a difference.

The administration is working to tear down the various agency silos and get the agencies to work more efficiently together. They understand the work and greatest impact is at the local level and that economic development is key to the success of a community. Listening to the speakers say how important it is for local government to work with business, local developers and local chambers of commerce was affirming, as it’s the direction we are already moving. And lastly, there is a push for accountability and transparency in the federal government. A good goal for our city government.

US Capitol, Washington DC
Mayor Kling pictured outside the White House in Washington DC
mayor kling pictured with EPA staff

Mayor Kling with staff from the Environmental Protection Agency at a meeting in Washington D.C. September 19 to discuss the impact of changing regulatory guidelines to Nampa.

mayor kling meeting with Idaho's congressional staff
women mayors of america gathered for a picture September 20, 2018