Investing in Our Valley
Returning our fair share of federal tax dollars back to the district is an important part of serving the Valley. Investments in education, infrastructure, and transportation grow the Valley’s economy over the short and long-term.
Over the years, I have worked to secure funding for dams, pipelines, pumping stations, and other projects to bring more water to our region. In 2008, I secured funding to expand the Kings County Narcotic and Gang Task Force. These funds made it possible for the Taskforce to take down the organizational structure of the violent Nuestra Familia gang who had taken hold in our community. The raid, which resulted in over 30 arrests, was one of the largest in the Valley’s history. For more, click here
These are only a few examples of the funding I have secured to make our Valley a better place to live. Below you can find a list of the projects I have requested this year on behalf of local residents and communities.
More on Investing in Our Valley
Fresno, CA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week it would award the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) over $3.7 million for two projects the District is spearheading to improve Valley air quality by reducing heavy-duty diesel vehicle emissions.
Merced, CA – The San Joaquin Valley is set to see substantial benefits from today’s enactment of new federal water legislation, including increases in the Valley’s ability to work through back-to-back years of drought conditions and reduce the risk of flooding during wet years.
Fresno, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) issued the following statement on the agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) brought San Joaquin Valley concerns front and center during the Farm Bill Conference Committee’s first meeting, focusing on trade, specialty crops, farming sustainability, dairy, and nutrition programs.
Rep. Jim Costa is a talker. He will be the first to admit it.
“You ask what time it is, and I’ll tell you how to make a watch,” the Democrat said as he drove through his central Fresno neighborhood on Aug. 28.
Fresno, CA – Today, Valley Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue hosted two events with local Valley producers to hear their concerns and explore ways to improve Valley agriculture.
Merced, CA – In his continued efforts to increase access to affordable, safe, and secure housing in the San Joaquin Valley, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) hosted a housing roundtable today to bring together key leaders to collaborate on making homeownership an affordable option in Merced County. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Jimmy Stracner, additional regional HUD officials, and nearly 20 housing leaders and local officials participated in the roundtable, which also marked this year’s launch of National Homeownership Month.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted to increase opportunities for San Joaquin Valley residents to access responsible banking and home loans when supporting S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.