WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, welcomed Mike Malone, Northwest Arkansas Council President and CEO during a committee hearing on transportation priorities for the next surface transportation authorization. 

“Mike offers a unique perspective on transportation and infrastructure needs and the ability to successfully complete these projects. He truly understands the challenges of private transportation needs and working together in the best interest of the people, communities and businesses to facilitate improvements and developments in our infrastructure system,” Boozman said. 

Malone testified about the transportation needs of Northwest Arkansas and the need for an infrastructure investment strategy at the federal level. During his testimony, Malone urged Congress to enact a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization to help address looming infrastructure challenges. 

Malone also encouraged the Senate to:
- establish a program through which High Priority Corridors, like I-49 and U.S. 412, can finally be completed.
-support programs that invest in regional solutions to our nation’s transportation needs.
-ensure that fast-growing small- and mid-sized metropolitan areas will be eligible to participate in Federal transportation programs