Tempe mayor testifies before U.S. Senate committee about 21st-century cities

By Wrangler News

Tempe Mayor Corey Woods testified June 15 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs regarding the city’s infrastructure strategies, including innovative affordable housing and public-transit initiatives.

The hearing, 21st Century Communities: Local Leaders on the Infrastructure Needs Facing America’s States, Cities and Towns, included elected officials from across the country. Woods was introduced by Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who spotlighted Tempe’s streetcar project as an example of “taking good locally-driven ideas and bringing them to life.”

Woods’ wide-ranging testimony touched on the city’s need for affordable housing, efforts to address homelessness, public-transit initiatives, sustainable-growth strategies and vital public-private partnerships. Woods also noted the city’s proactive financial response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery plans.

In addition, Woods spoke to the critical need for Congress to send more of Tempe’s federal tax dollars back to the city.

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