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Representative Ann Kirkpatrick has submitted funding requests for important community projects in AZ02 to the House Appropriations Committee. 

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 15 projects in their community for fiscal year 2023 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has certified that she, her spouse, and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects she has requested. Click here to view certification letters.

The following requests are listed in alphabetical order by subcommittee:

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Mt Lemmon Fire District Fire Station Remodel and Expansion

  • Amount Requested – $2,230,925
  • Mt Lemmon Fire District – 13170 Oracle Control Rd. Mt. Lemmon, Arizona 85619

The Mt Lemmon Fire District Fire Station Remodel and Expansion project is a necessary and critical infrastructure project in the fight against climate change in our communities and wilderness areas. Serving an estimated 1.5 million annual visitors to the Summerhaven community, the Mt. Lemmon Fire District (MLFD) has grown from a small volunteer force to a paid professional staff that services the small community. In addition, the firefighters are the first line of wildfire defense on the Coronado National Forest lands surrounding the Mt. Lemmon community, which has seen an increase in forest fires, including the Aspen Fire in 2003 and the most recent Bighorn Fire in 2020. Currently, this facility lacks adequate space for day-to-day operations of the volunteer firefighters, professional staff, and chief, as well as provides inadequate protection from harmful fumes from emergency vehicles, unsafe decontamination space, and potentially exposing personnel to harmful materials known to cause cancer.

Energy and Water

New Water Well for Commercial POE, Cochise College, and Surrounding Development

  • Amount Requested – $2.5 million
  • 425 10th Street, Douglas, AZ 85607

This funding will help construct a new water well that will furnish access to potable water for the Douglas Port of Entry, Cochise College, and the surrounding areas while also enhancing economic development opportunities in the area. The design of this project includes a phased capital investment approach where the sewer connection will be established in conjunction with the construction of a new potable water well. Additionally, the specifications for the fire suppression needs of the port of entry are to be included, increasing the safety measures and compliance measures needed for this sizeable federal facility. This new water well will provide potable water to the new commercial port of entry in Douglas, Arizona, Cochise College, and surrounding development. The water source will increase water stability in the areas it will service, improving the quality of life. The project will support the area’s economic development and increase entrepreneurial activities. Additionally, it will assist with the water challenges in the surrounding areas face and Cochise College.

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Douglas SCADA System

  • Amount Requested – $833,285,38
  • 425 10th Street, Douglas, AZ 85607

The funding would be used for the City of Douglas to update its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which is a web-connected water management tool to help manage their water system. The system will ensure compliance as it provides 25/7 monitoring capabilities, controls reservoir water levels, water well production, and efficient energy use. Douglas’ current SCADA system is obsolete and no longer serviceable, hindering adding new upgrades and new assets to the system, such as new wells. A new SCADA will make the Douglas water system operate efficiently and aid with water conservation, much needed in our Arizona desert climate. With a peak production of 5 million gallons per day and currently six wells in their inventory, a SCADA system is necessary to manage a water system this size effectively.

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

Base Entry Complex at Morris Air National Guard

  • Amount Requested – $12,000,000
  • Morris Air National Guard – 1700 E. Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85607

The funding will be used for the construction of a new main gate complex at Morris Air National Guard Base to meet installation entry standoff and traffic queuing requirements. The current main gate at Morris ANG Base does not meet Force Protection standards and cannot be upgraded at its current location. It also creates frequent traffic congestion on Valencia Road, a major city street, posing traffic safety and security issues for security forces personnel, wing employees, and local residents.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development

City of Bisbee Shared-use Path

  • Amount Requested – $4,514,000
  • City of Bisbee, 76 Eerie Street, Bisbee, AZ 85603

The City of Bisbee Shared-use Path will be a 1.25-mile path connecting historic Old Bisbee with Historic Lowell, and provide the first segment of the Sun Corridor Trail in Cochise County- expected to run from Las Vegas Nevada to Douglas Arizona. The path will improve safety, community connectivity, economic vitality, health, and quality of life and reduce the City of Bisbee’s carbon footprint. This path will create 326 new jobs, save 182 jobs, and create $5,482,000 in private investment.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development 

Western Hills Neighborhood Revitalization

  • Amount Requested – $2,483,000
  • 255 W. Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ 85701

Tucson’s Western Hills Neighborhood was developed between the 1950s and 1970s and has received minimal community investment that has led to local streets in failed condition, pedestrian and bicycle safety elements that are lacking, and a low urban tree canopy in the area – causing its residents to bear increasing impacts from urban heat island effects and associated climate change heat stress. This project will provide neighborhood street reconstruction, ADA improvements to connect pedestrians to existing sidewalks, walking and biking paths, lighting, and landscaping improvements that will eventually connect Downtown Tucson with South Tucson and other critical sites. The City will provide a 49% funding match for local roadway reconstruction; dedicated funds to install Green Stormwater Infrastructure within the city to harvest rainwater, increase urban tree canopy, improve public health, and fight climate change.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development 

Chino Road Expansion Phase 2

  • Amount Requested – $3,000,000
  • 425 E. 10th Street, Douglas, AZ 85607

The Chino Road Expansion Phase II Project is the final phase to complete the Chino Road project. This project aims to provide a commercial corridor for trucks and personal vehicles to access the City of Douglas’ primary shopping district and connect Chino Road to the Highway 80 and Highway 191 intersection. Connecting the roadway to this intersection will provide an enhanced connection to businesses and add more security through the traffic light at the two-highway intersection point.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development 

Mary Ann Cleveland Way Shared Use Path

  • Amount Requested – $1,029,897
  • 255. W. Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ 85701

The Mary Ann Cleveland Way Shared-Use Path project will develop a 1.3-mile long paved path with climate-resilient landscaping along the north side of Mary Ann Cleveland Way, from Houghton Road to Atterbury Wash Way. The path will connect to a planned shared-use path along Houghton Road and will provide safe and comfortable walking and biking connections for residents to the Houghton Town Center, Empire High School, Esmond Station K-8 School, and Pima County’s W. Ann Gibson-Esmond Station Public Library. The project will bring sorely needed pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to Tucson’s far east side, in an area where citizens would truly benefit from the investment due to the close proximity of cultural, educational, and economic centers.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development 

Pima County Collaborative One-Stop Center at Pima Community College

  • Amount Requested – $2,700,000
  • 130 W. Congress St., 3rd Floor, Tucson, AZ 85701

Pima County and Pima Community College have a partnership to ensure that low-income and minority students maximize the resources and career supports available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This project will repurpose a vacant facility to offer a (“One-Stop”) American Job Center adjacent to PCC’s downtown campus. Low-income and recently laid-off job seekers enrolled in WIOA-funded programs will have convenient access to the PCC Applied Technology Center of excellence, linking to promising careers in manufacturing, automotive technology, and aircraft repair.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development 

Housing First Resource Center at Amphi

  • Amount Requested – $957,000
  • 255 W. Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ 85701

Housing First Resource Center at Amphi will be an adaptive reuse of a Fire Station building known as Station Eight. The site will be a low-barrier shelter operated by the St. Francis Community. The St. Francis Community is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization for 100 adults that offer safety off the street and connections to housing and services to help support people experiencing homelessness to regain stability, connect to essential support services, and access stable and permanent housing options. The shelter will include both congregate shelter and a non-congregate option that includes 25 self-contained shelter structures that have electricity, air conditioning, and heat. The site will have bathroom facilities including showers, laundry machines, storage for personal belongings, and meals.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development

El Pueblo Center Revitalization Project – Phase 1

  • Amount Requested – $2,747,000
  • 255 W. Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ 85701

The El Pueblo Center serves an important role in the Tucson community; it began as a neighborhood center and has grown to include a Pima Community College (PCC) Adult Education campus; a library run by Pima County; non-profit services provided by Clinica Amistad, EMERGE, Interfaith Community Services and others; and a Senior Center that provides meals and the Laos Transit Center. The El Pueblo Center has been the hub of the community and an important resource serving especially residents in Wards I and 5. In addition to its historic significance and role in providing access to important resources to the community, the COVID 19 pandemic hit this campus hard. Crime, lack of activation, and lack of investment have created the perfect storm of need. When the Department of Economic Security vacated an entire building, a series of community and stakeholder conversations began that led to the inception of this project. 

This project will reinvigorate the site with a focus on children and youth, as well as STEM and small businesses by adding multigenerational services in areas that are needful. Now is the right time to re-imagine the possibilities of this site and reconstruct it into a hi-flex, hi-tech space so that it is in the best position to serve the community’s current and future needs.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Pima Community College Building and Construction Technology Program

  • Amount Requested – $1,231,600
  • 1255 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ, 85709

 This funding will enable Pima Community College to expand its Building and Construction Technology into commercial and industrial HVAC and refrigeration competencies. PCC will be one of the very few colleges and technical schools that will be able to fully train and prepare students to start careers in the industry and to reskill/upskill technicians already employed in the industry, both serving employers and strengthening our economy.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. Mobile Mammography Unit

  • Amount Requested – $983,265
  • 1205 F Ave, Douglas, AZ, 85607

This funding will allow Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI) to deploy a state-of-the-art Mobile Mammography Unit. CCHCI’s goal is to screen 100% of eligible women, regardless of ability to pay, in all communities of rural Cochise County. These efforts will both save lives and increase health equity for women in Southeastern Arizona. For example, in 2021, of the 3301 eligible CCHCI patients alone (females 50-74 years old), only 1489 women obtained a mammogram (45%) at one of only three available locations in a region the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. 

No woman should die unnecessarily from breast cancer, and rural life should not be a risk factor for undetected disease or early death for any woman.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Childhelp’s Speak Up Be Safe Curriculum

  • Amount Requested – $1,000,000
  • 6730 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

This project will allow Childhelp to expand its Speak Up Be Safe (SUBS) child abuse prevention curriculum in schools in Tucson and throughout Arizona. Childhelp’s SUBS is the first evidence-based curriculum for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students provided in the classroom and online settings. The developmentally appropriate lessons are designed to help students prevent, interrupt, and speak up about various types of child abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual, neglect, bullying, and cyber abuse.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Increasing College Opportunities for Latino and Immigrant Youth

  • Amount Requested – $300,000
  • 4747 N. 32nd St., AZ 85018

This project, run through Aliento, will increase access to higher education for first-generation immigrant and Latino students through, social-emotional programming such as paid student fellowships and internships; building the capacity of educators, counselors, and school leaders through professional development on college access and post-secondary pathways; and collaborating with cross-sector partnerships such as school districts, community colleges, universities, businesses, and cities to advocate for increased access to higher education. The college attainment rate for the Latino community in Arizona is only 28%. This project aims to raise that number.