Monroe business & city leaders heading to Washington

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This week hundreds of Louisiana officials will be heading to D.C. for Mardi Gras in Washington. However, Monroe Chamber of Commerce President Sue Nicholson said for her teams it’s all about handling business, not the party. 

Flood mitigation, improving infrastructure and a new-and-improved event center. 
All at the forefront of the Mornoe Chamber of Commerce’s agenda as they head to Washington, D.C. 

“This year it’s the Calypso Street Water Pump Station, the wastewater treatment and two trunk mains, it’s extending the levee on the Ouachita River on the east side and the event center which can be used for flood recovery,” said chamber President Sue Nicholson.

The event center is apart Mayor Jamie Mayo’s plan to replace the Monroe Civic Center. 
Doubling as an arena and flood disaster center.
It’s estimated total cost is $95 million. 

“It could be something that is very useful for the community. It is at the top of his list and we will help him get that funded,” said Nicholson.

Also a top concern is the Calypso Storm Water pump a $15 million project.  
Right now, only one of the three pumps is working. 
Councilman Michael Echols said the pump station and all flood-related projects are his number one priority. 

“We literally got a pump pumping out a pump station, so it’s in desperate need. The main goal is to see how we can move the pump to the non-levee side of the river to give it protections against high waters,” said Echols. 

Both are hoping to shine light on major issues and get money to fund projects necessary for the city’s growth. 

“Our goal is to not just keep taking trips to D.C. but to see these projects get built,” said Nicholson. 

The group is set to leave from the Monroe Regional Airport on Tuesday. 

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