Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux was joined by City Councilmen Neal Bourque, Harold Stewart, Terance Irvin and David Guitreau at the 2016 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference held March 5-9 in Washington, D.C.
The conference serves as a way for municipalities across the nation to gain insight on funding opportunities and to meet with their congressional representatives. The conference was attended by more than 45 members of the Louisiana Municipal Association, and more than 1,500 people were registered for the event from across the United States.
The group met with U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves, of Louisiana, at the conference. Louisiana U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and David Vitter also were in attendance.
The mayor and council were able to gain a better understanding of financial options for the proposed roundabouts on La. 30 and roadwork on La. 44 in preparation for the upcoming Conway development, a news release said. They also discussed other upcoming city development ideas.
“I’ve been attending this conference since my first year in office,” Arceneaux said. “It is a professionally handled conference complete with courses throughout the day and ample time to meet with other elected officials who have the state’s best interest at heart. They work closely with us to find federal funding that we may not otherwise know about.”
Arceneaux, who is this year’s Louisiana Municipal Association first vice president, received a special honor while in Washington. He was among four people chosen to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He was accompanied by association Executive Director Ronnie Harris and association board member Jennifer Vidrine, who is the mayor of Ville Platte.
“As a veteran, it was nothing short of a very emotional honor. As a member of the (Louisiana Municipal Association), it was a truly meaningful experience to represent our fine state,” Arceneaux said. “Laying that wreath in such a prominent and poignant place is a memory that will forever stay with me. I still can’t believe I was chosen to take part.”