Sinema Discusses Opportunities and Challenges Facing Northern Arizona with the Flagstaff Women’s Leadership Network

Aug 24, 2022

Senator answered questions about expanding economic opportunities, supporting small businesses, and securing Arizona’s water future

FLAGSTAFF – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema delivered remarks to the Flagstaff Women’s Leadership Network and answered the group’s questions about challenges and opportunities facing Arizona’s business and leadership community. 
Sinema also highlighted the historic investments her bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law – which she negotiated, co-authored, and led into law – provides for Flagstaff, including once-in-a-generation funds preventing and mitigating the devastating impacts of floods and wildfires.
“It’s always a pleasure hearing from Arizonans – especially the trailblazing, inspiring women of the Flagstaff Women’s Leadership Network. I’m committed to working closely with them to maximize opportunities and deliver lasting solutions for our state for years to come,” said Sinema.
The Flagstaff Women’s Leadership Network is comprised of small business owners, real estate professionals, health care administrators, educators, and government leaders. The group is focused on connecting women, fostering mentorship among female leadership professionals, and promoting community service. Sinema has previously met with the leadership network to discuss policies relating to transportation infrastructure, affordable housing, and more.
During her discussion with the leadership network, Sinema touted the multiple bipartisan achievements she helped pass into law during this Congress alone – including the Chips and Science Act, PACT Act, Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, Postal Service Reform Act, and, critically, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Sinema has recently visited Flagstaff twice to underscore the investments her Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law make in preventing and mitigating the devastating impacts of floods and wildfires in the region.
Earlier this month, Sinema received a briefing and tour in Flagstaff to hear and see firsthand the flood mitigation and recovery efforts impacting areas near the previous site of the Pipeline Fire. In May, Sinema visited Flagstaff to see the damage caused by the Tunnel Fire – which burned nearly 20,000 acres northeast of Flagstaff – and receive a briefing from the U.S. Forest Service. Sinema’s bipartisan infrastructure law authorizes a once-in-a-generation $8.25 billion for wildfire management, resiliency, restoration, and natural resources-related infrastructure, and includes a historic $12 billion for flood mitigation efforts.
Earlier this year, Sinema, along with fellow Arizona Senator Mark Kelly, announced $3,500,000 for the City of Flagstaff’s Watershed Protection Project – funding both Senators secured in the annual budget bill. 
Sinema pledged to work with local leaders like the Flagstaff Women’s Leadership Network to ensure the region receives the funding it’s owed.