Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis recaps the trip to Washington DC


MONROE, La. (KNOE) — Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis speaks after he and members of the Monroe City Council traveled to Washington DC last week.

City leaders met with Senators John Kennedy, Bill Cassidy, and Representatives Julia Letlow, Steve Scalise and Mike Johnson.

“I just wanted to give them the fact that we’re doing some things to move the city,” Ellis told KNOE. “The Development of the {Ouachita} Candy Company. We’ll be announcing some things we do in early childhood later this year. Some of the other things like the Children’s Museum Movement {Northeast Louisiana}, other things that we’re doing in the community that complement those infrastructure projects.

According to Ellis, the purpose of the trip was to build relationships and educate lawmakers on important projects that need funding in the city of Monroe.

“Natural disasters keep hitting the Louisiana coast, and our biggest concern is to get them in their heads to think about it in 15 to 20 years,” Ellis said. “As these companies are tired of being resilient along the Gulf Coast. Why don’t you pay attention to Northeast Louisiana, help us build our infrastructure so we can talk about instate resettlements.”

These projects include the expansion and renovation of the city’s water treatment plant, the completion of the Texas-Standifer Trunkline, and finally the completion of the Kansas Lane Extension project.

In addition to meetings with lawmakers, Ellis and his wife Ashely, a member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), participated in a panel discussion on improving education in Louisiana.

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