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Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings recently joined more than 60 Pennsylvania county executives at the Pennsylvania county commissioners White House conference in Washington, D.C., which explored a variety of human services, environment, commerce and energy issues impacting communities across the commonwealth.

The convention was facilitated by several high-ranking cabinet staffers.

“I was humbled by the experience and am proud to have been a part of it,” Cummings said. “It was an opportunity for us to talk directly to individuals who help craft President Trump’s programs and policies. President Trump wanted his staff to hear from leaders who talk to people every day. It was also very beneficial to meet the individuals, share ideas and make contacts with the people that you could call directly. The conference gave us a direct link to the White House,” she added.

While in Washington, Commissioner Cummings had the opportunity to speak with Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s top advisors. Cummings discussed local issues with Conway, including the opioid crisis and the health care debate.

The conference offered the delegation a better understanding of the role of the federal government and how it connects to county issues. It also afforded everyone the opportunity to express their views on vital matters impacting their areas.

A sampling of the agenda topics covered included: transportation, opioid crisis, Medicare, small business, education, the dairy industry, EPA, imports-exports, trade and NASA.

A tour of the White House was included as part of the conference.