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.

2017 Program


The 2017 One Voice trip to Washington, D.C. is scheduled for May 2-5, 2017. Below is the program development and meeting schedule. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Stacie Dabbs at (209)723-3153 x 308 or stacie.dabbs@mcagov.org

Meeting Schedule
October 13, 2016 - Kick Off Meeting
3pm @ MCAG, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced
 Agenda Packet    Notes
November 3, 2016 - Planning Meeting
3pm @ MCAG 
 Agenda Packet Notes
March 30, 2017 - Planning Meeting
3pm @ MCAG
Agenda Packet Notes
April 13, 2017 - Planning Meeting (Practice Run)
3pm @ MCAG
Agenda Packet Notes
April 27, 2017 - Final Planning Meeting
3pm @ MCAG
 Agenda Packet Notes
May 2-5, 2017 - 2017 One Voice Trip to Washington    
May 11, 2017 - Debrief Meeting
3pm @ MCAG
 Agenda Packet Notes 

2016 Program


The 2016 One Voice trip to Washington, D.C. was held May 11-13, 2016. The program included 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 2016 delegation included representatives from local jurisdictions, private industry, education and staff. View the 2016 delegation roster here.

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.