Western-Pacific Region Congressional Interest Newsletter - FY2017 - Spring

Message from Regional Administrator Dennis Roberts

The week of December 5, 2016 marked the official kickoff week of community involvement and outreach activities for the Las Vegas (LAS) Metroplex Design and Implementation Phase. Following these initial events, I joined the Western-Pacific Region as Regional Administrator. Having overseen a number of other Metroplex efforts in my previous capacity as Regional Administrator in the Southern Region, I am fully committed to the LAS Metroplex effort, and the importance of community outreach activities.

The outreach efforts began with a briefing by Deputy Regional Administrator Tamara A. Swann before the Clark County Board of Commissioners (CCBC). This was an open meeting where members of the community were welcome to attend. Ms. Swann led the FAA team and was accompanied by technical experts who were on hand to answer questions about the project. The briefing was video recorded for members of the community who were unable to attend and was made available through the CCBC local channel.

The following day we held a Congressional Outreach event for Las Vegas area congressional representatives. The purpose of the event was to provide them with more detailed information about the Metroplex project, not included in the earlier briefing. It also gave attendees an opportunity to ask more specific questions, share concerns and learn about the Metroplex process in general.

The week’s activities culminated with a briefing to the Las Vegas Users Council which is comprised of the airlines, major airport tenants, airport management officials and local FAA managers from the various lines of business. When asked what she was most proud of this week, Ms. Swann indicated it was the opportunity to ensure the success of LAS Metroplex by building bridges among the stakeholders, select officials and the community.

While there is still much work to be done, the week proved to be a successful one for the team. We are planning additional outreach events and the team is preparing for community workshops in April!

Please contact Larri Frelow at 310-725-3804 for more information about future meetings.

Upcoming Events

FAA/National Association of State Aviation Officials quarterly meeting with State Aviation Directors in the Western Service Area - May 3, 2017

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The Future of Flight Service

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