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Metro Chamber to host 300 on annual ‘Cap-to-Cap’ D.C. trip

The Sacramento Metro Chamber said Friday it will lead a group of nearly 300 business, government and civic leaders to Washington, D.C., in April to advocate on the region’s behalf.

The annual Capitol-to-Capitol program, commonly call “Cap-to-Cap,” enables leaders from six regional counties to meet with congressional representatives and seek support for various local programs.

In a statement, the chamber said the program “has grown to be the largest travel program in the chamber’s history and continues to be the largest advocacy effort of its kind in the nation.”

During the April 18-22 trip, 12 teams will make presentations to lawmakers on regional concerns that encompass community and economic development, agriculture, health care and transportation.

Last year, the trip had immediate results, according to a statement by Metro Chamber President and CEO Peter Tateishi: “Following conversations with the Cap-to-Cap leadership team, our federal representatives immediately and actively engaged state leaders to push them to include our region’s priorities into the $7.5 billion water bond that was passed last November.”

Keri Thomas, regional director of community and government relations for Sacramento-based Sutter Health, is the 2015 delegation’s chairwoman. The honorary vice chairs are Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby and Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas.

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