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National mayors' group plans push for water infrastructure spending

Mar 13, 2016

U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO Tom Cochran, left, speaks during a news conference with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The head of a national mayor’s organization says he expects to use Flint as an example of the need for federal investment in local infrastructure when the next president takes office.

Tom Cochran is the CEO of the United States Conference of Mayors. He was part of a delegation in Flint last week to discuss ways to help the city rebound from its water crisis.

Cochran says the problem extends beyond Flint. 

“We’re going to be meeting with the next president in December. This will be on the agenda – water infrastructure,” Cochran told reporters, “and we will use Flint.”

Cochran is optimistic there will be federal money coming to Flint to fix the pipes and for medical needs in the coming months.