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.

2018 Program

The 2018 One Voice trip to Washington, D.C. is scheduled for May 1 to 4, 2018. Below is the program development and meeting schedule. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Eva Garibay at 209-723-3153, ext. 108 or email eva.garibay@mcagov.org

Delegation with Jim Costa

Meeting Schedule

  Agenda Packet
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October 12, 2017 - Kick Off Meeting 3:30 p.m. at MCAG
369 W 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Agenda Packet
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November 9, 2017 - Planning Meeting
3:30 p.m. at MCAG
369 W 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Agenda Packet
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December 7, 2017 - Planning Meeting
3:30 p.m. at MCAG,
​369 W 18th Street,
​Merced CA 95340
Meeting Cancelled
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January 11, 2018 - Planning Meeting
3:30 p.m. at MCAG
369 W 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Agenda Packet
Notes
February 8, 2018 - Planning Meeting
3:30 p.m. at MCAG
369 W 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Meeting Cancelled
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March 8, 2018 - Planning Meeting
3:30 p.m. at MCAG
369 W 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Agenda Packet
Notes
March 29, 2018 - Meeting with Congressman Jim Costa
3:30 p.m. at MCAG
369 W 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340

Agenda Packet
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April 12, 2018 - Planning Meeting
3:30 p.m. at MCAG
369 W 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Agenda Packet
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April 26, 2018 - Final Planning Meeting
3:30 p.m. at MCAG
369 W 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Agenda Packet
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May 1 to 4, 2018 - One Voice Trip
Washington, DC
Itinerary  
 
May 8, 2018 - Debrief Meeting
3:30 p.m. at MCAG
369 W 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Agenda Packet
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.