One Voice

One Voice is a federal advocacy program comprised of local representatives, elected officials, and staff who travel to Washington, D.C. annually to meet with legislators and agency staff to advocate for projects and issues of regional significance. The goals of the program are to:

  • Communicate the region's legislative priorities clearly and succinctly.
  • Obtain more federal funding for local projects.
  • Advocate for legislation or policy changes that will benefit Merced County.
  • Support our legislators by meeting with their peers and garnering wider support for projects and issues relevant to the Merced County region.

2019 Program

The 2019 One Voice trip to Washington, D.C. is scheduled for April 30 - May 2, 2019. Below is the program development and meeting schedule. All planning meetings are held at MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced, CA. If you are interested or have questions about the program, please contact Eva Garibay at 209-723-3153, ext. 108 or

Delegation with Jim Costa
August 17, 2018 Kick off - Call for Projects No Meeting
December 13, 2018 Planning Meeting Agenda Notes
January 10, 2019 Planning Meeting Agenda Notes
February 14, 2019 Planning Meeting Agenda Notes
March 14, 2019 Planning Meeting Agenda Notes
April 11, 2019 Planning Meeting Agenda Notes
April 25, 2019 Final Planning Meeting Agenda   Notes
April 30 - May 2 2019 One Voice Trip, D.C.  
May 9, 2019 Debrief Meeting Agenda Notes

Previous Program

The One Voice trip to Washington, D.C. program includes meetings with federal legislators, staff, agencies and other stakeholders to discuss Merced County's projects and priority issues in the areas of transportation, economic development, water, education and homelessness. The delegation includes representatives from local jurisdictions, private industry, education and staff.

2017 Platform

Group of government officials around a table
Group of government officials seated around a large table
Group of government officials in a court room

2016 Platform

2015 Platform

2014 Platform

Past Successes

From 2004 to 2010, our congressional representatives requested appropriations on our behalf. Through this process, we had great success in securing over $5 million for projects and programs for the Merced County region in transportation, economic development, healthcare, water, and education. To find out more information, read a list of One Voice achievements (PDF). Congress eliminated "earmarks" in 2010.