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 1-4, 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 x 108 or eva.garibay@mcagov.org
 
Meeting Schedule
October 12, 2017 - Kick Off Meeting
3:30 pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
 Agenda Packet    Notes
November 9, 2017 - Planning Meeting
3pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced  
 Agenda Packet Notes
December 7, 2017 - Planning Meeting
3:30 pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
Agenda Packet Notes
January 11, 2018- Planning Meeting 
3:30 pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
Agenda Packet Notes
February 8, 2018- Planning Meeting
3:30 pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
 Agenda Packet Notes
March 8, 2018- Planning Meeting
3:30 pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
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March 22, 2018- Planning Meeting
3:30 pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
 Agenda Packet Notes
April 12, 2018- Planning Meeting
3:30 pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
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April 26, 2018- Final Planning Meeting
3:30 pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
 Agenda Packet Notes
May 1-4, 2018 - 2018 One Voice Trip
Washington, DC
 Agenda Packet Notes 
May 10, 2018 - Debrief Meeting
3:30 pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
 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.

Past Successes


From 2004-2010, 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 this list of One Voice achievements.  Congress eliminated "earmarks" in 2010.