representatives from our region spent most of this week in Washington DC meeting with our congressional representatives. Shreveport Chamber President, Dr. Timothy Magner was joined by Chairman of the Board, Steve Roop from JP Morgan Chase, Vice Chair of Public Policy, Mimi Hedgcock of CSRA, Lisa Johnson, President of the Bossier Chamber, Murray Viser Executive Director of Barksdale Forward and Kent Rogers, Executive Director of NLCOG.
The week began with a dinner meeting with former Congressman Jim McCrery, who provided an insightful overview of the political landscape in DC. Tuesday and Wednesday saw the team meeting with Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and meetings with local Representative Mike Johnson, Congressman Steve Scalise, Congressman Ralph Abraham, Congressman Garrett Graves as well as representatives of the entire Louisiana Delegation.
We visited with representatives of the US Chamber to get their perspective on issues critical to our business community including Infrastructure, Cybersecurity and International Trade.
High on our list of discussion topics was the importance of the I220/I20 extension into Barksdale Air Force Base and the need to expedite this project to align with the new Weapons Storage Facility slated for BAFB. We met with Major General Steve Basham and his staff on the importance of our continued efforts in this regard. We also met with representatives of the US Department of Transportation about many of our road and waterway projects as we explored the implications of the President's infrastructure plan for our area.
Finally, we were able to meet with representatives of General Dynamics Information Technology, the company purchasing CSRA. We were able to share our enthusiasm for the work that CSRA has done in our region and provide a personal welcome to the team who will be overseeing the Integrated Technology Center going forward.
These meetings provided us an opportunity to share a set of critical issues with important federal decision makers as well as showcase a collaborative approach to our important regional issues. We thank each of our partner organizations for making the trip and helping to tell the Shreveport-Bossier story.