Valley mayors and leaders said the $9.9 million that Rep. Greg Stanton secured to back local projects will make a difference in their communities. The funds were included in the fiscal year 2022 spending bill that was signed into law this afternoon.

“Arizonans are going to see these federal dollars make a real difference—making our cities safer, more sustainable, and better prepared to take advantage of our growing economy,” Stanton said. “I worked closed with leaders from across the Valley to ensure our priorities were reflected in this package, and the reaction from our local partners has been overwhelming.”

A list of all nine projects funded is available HERE.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive $1.8 million to advance the Tres Rios ecosystem restoration project along the Rio Salado.

“The full potential of the Tres Rios project will bring tremendous economic development, environmental and recreational opportunities. It’s a critical part of the vision for the revitalization of Rio Salado throughout the region. I thank Rep. Stanton for making this a high federal priority and for his continued leadership in moving this project forward,” Neil Giuliano, president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership, said.

The City of Chandler will receive $990,000 to install smart water meters.

“Chandler’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure project will allow us to better conserve water resources, while also improving the experience of our water users,” Mayor Kevin Hartke said. “This project is a great example of how innovative technologies can be leveraged to ensure that we are operating with sustainability in mind. I thank Congressman Stanton for his work to secure this critical project for Chandler, and his continued support of projects that strengthen Arizona and help to secure our water future.”

The City of Mesa will receive $300,000 to assist small businesses in downtown Mesa with façade improvements.

“The Downtown Small Business Revitalization and Rehabilitation program will have significant impact on the preservation and evolution of downtown Mesa,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said. “I’m grateful for the advocacy and partnership of Representative Stanton and our Congressional delegation to secure funding for this and other critical issues in our community in the FY22 budget.”

The City of Tempe will receive two $500,000 grants to support their efforts address homelessness and lift up local entrepreneurs.

“The City of Tempe would like to thank Congressman Stanton for his leadership in obtaining $1 million in much-needed funding that will have wide-spread impacts in our community,” Mayor Corey Woods said. “A portion of this funding could help create dozens of new Tempe businesses with an emphasis on increasing the number of minority-owned businesses, something that is greatly needed here in Tempe and across the country. The other half of the funds will support our efforts to expand shelter options for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, helping to provide a safe haven while our outreach specialists work toward more permanent housing solutions.”

The City of Phoenix will receive $960,000 to make essential safety improvements to the intersection at 32nd Street and Thomas Road.

“Improvements to this intersection will save lives, as well as the heartache for families who endure the effects of fatal or serious injury crashes,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “I’m immensely grateful to Congressman Stanton for his hard work on this as we work to improve the safety of roadways citywide.”