REDMOND, OR -- Redmond City Councilor Krisanna Clark-Endicott now serves on a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, tasked with advocating for federal funding to meet needs for cities across the country. She was recently appointed as part of her work with the National League of Cities.
Clark-Endicott believes Redmond plays a unique role in determining the state's transportation and infrastructure needs, "Because the city of Redmond has our regional airport, we have a major impact on our region and even the state, because of airport services." In case of catastrophic emergency, Clark-Endicott says it's important to create and maintain usable infrastructure, "All the geologists say it's when, not an if, the Cascadia hits; the major congregating area will be the Redmond airport." She tells KBND News, "We have got to be prepared in that eventuality and invest in our infrastructure, and not just on the ground, because we definitely advocated for that as well, but also for our aircraft."
During her previous service on the Region One Transportation Committee, Clark-Endicott says she learned the needs far outnumber available funds. She says it takes proactive leadership to make sure infrastructure maintenance continues uninterrupted, "You have to be involved: You have to be involved at the county level, you have to be involved at the state level, and you have to be involved at the federal level."
Click HERE to read more about what the National League of Cities' Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hopes to accomplish this year. Clark-Endicott is one of only three Oregon members.