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Fort Worth's mayor is going to the White House to appear with Trump. Here's why

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will be alongside President Donald Trump on Monday morning at the White House when he releases details of his long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to improve the nation's infrastructure.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will be alongside President Donald Trump on Monday morning at the White House when he releases details of his long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to improve the nation's infrastructure. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will be alongside President Donald Trump on Monday morning at the White House when he releases details of his long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to improve the nation's infrastructure.

Price said Friday she was invited to attend a meeting led by President Trump and administration officials regarding infrastructure.

Price said it will be an honor and a privilege to be at the table when the program is rolled out. She said she didn't have many other details about what her role will be. She's hoping for some discussion on how to leverage public monies with private dollars.

"We'll all have a chance to talk and we're going to talk about some of the projects that we've partnered with the feds that have just been double the length of time because of the red tape," Price said. "This is going to be more about, How do we work with the cities? How do we work with the states?"

"We hope to be front and center," she said. "I would love to see more money for this area."

City Manager David Cooke will be joining Price, as will Mattie Parker, her chief of staff.

Price was in Washington less than three weeks ago attending a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors when Trump singled her out, calling her a "fantastic friend."

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A staff member of Trump's intergovernmental affairs team called Price late Wednesday and asked her to be in Washington. Parker said Price might be the only Texas mayor invited.

"It sounds like a group of maybe seven to eight mayors, seven to eight governors and a few speakers of the house from around the country. We do not think any other Texans are on that list," Parker said.

According to reports, Trump will call for $200 billion in new federal funding, including $100 billion in cost-sharing payments for state and local projects.

Parker said Fort Worth is working with the North Texas Council of Governments to better understand Trump's plan and to "anticipate what projects we should propose. Additionally, we are looking to lend credibility to the assertion about the federal regulatory environment being too strenuous and cumbersome to make projects successful and timely."

Sandra Baker: 817-390-7727, @SandraBakerFWST

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