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Local leaders say Washington trip successful

By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Meeting the needs of a growing area.

Huntsville and Madison County leaders just returned home from a trip to Washington to ask for federal dollars.

Projects like infrastructure improvements, building more schools, taking care of Redstone Arsenal and making room for BRAC.

A one-day meeting with Alabama State Representatives, Madison Mayor Paul Finley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison County Commission Chairman Mike Gilliespie went to Washington with one goal in mind.

'Let them know that to be successful with BRAC we need some additional funding,' said Madison Mayor Paul Finley.

Money needed to build more schools and improve infrastructure -- on the highways and roads leading in and out of Redstone Arsenal.

'The entrance at Zierdt and Martin Roads is one of the critical areas that we don't have funded yet. We need their support in helping that happen,' said Finley.

Mayor Battle says he feels confident the federal funds are there.

It will likely take time before the money is available.

'We didn't have money stuffed in our pockets as we came back. We came back with a lot more information and good ideas,' said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

This isn't the first trip leaders have made to ask for money.

Madison County is growing at a fast pace.

And it takes a substantial cash flow to prepare for the future.

'In 2015 we are going to have another BRAC so when you look at that, every BRAC procedure somebody wins and somebody loses we want to make sure we are still in the position to grow in 2015 just like in 2005,' said Battle.

Local leaders and the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce will make another trip to Washington in 3 weeks.

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