2017-08-10 / News

Two County Commissioners Participate in Federal Program

Two of the five Mackinac County commissioners are in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of the White House Intergovernmental Affairs office. It serves as a liaison between the White House and the state and local governments.

Tuesday, August 8, Chairperson Jim Hill and District 4 Commissioner Diane Patrick will participate in the Michigan County Commissioners’ White House Conference and White House Tour.

The invitation was given to all of the Mackinac County commissioners, however, the two were the only ones who did not have other obligations and were able to attend the function,

One of the primary goals of the conference is introduce the commissioners with officials at each agency for coordination between the federal agencies and the Michigan counties. Representatives from each federal agency are anticipated to attend, as well as White House staff.

Mrs. Patrick said it’s basically about learning how the federal government works, and is an intergovernmental affairs event.

“They want to work with small government to achieve community goals,” said Mrs. Patrick.

The commissioners’ goals are to network while they are there.

“We will be networking and getting more education as to how to work the system,” she said.

The travel expenses, estimated to be approximately $850 for airfare and cost per person, were approved by the Mackinac County Board of Commissioners at the Thursday, July 27, meeting. There is no charge for the conference and tour.

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