County/City Partnership to reduce young adults in jail
Julie learned of a MacArthur Foundation grant opportunity through her work with the National Association of Counties. She reached out to mayor Bobby Hopewell, Sheriff Richard Fuller, Chief District Court Judge Christopher Haenicke, Assistant Chief of Public Safety David Boysen, Prosecutor Jeff Getting, Director of Michigan Works Ben Damerow and Jeff Patton CEO of Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to collaborate on the application. “While all populations are important, in my opinion, our young adults have the best opportunity to turn their lives around – turn the tide – at an early, critical stage,” said County Commissioner Julie Rogers. Read more at mLive.
Rogers Helps Shape Federal Policies
In March of 2018, Julie had the opportunity to attend the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. As a member of NACo’s Health Policy Steering Committee, she debated and voted on policy recommendations that she later brought to Capitol Hill to share with Congress. View the MLive article on her DC visit
Julie is serving her fourth term on the National Association of Counties Health Policy Steering Committee. “Kalamazoo County has had a strong tradition of prioritizing public health. I look forward to sharing our county’s ideas on the national stage and will bring home the most effective practices from around the country,” Rogers said in a news release announcing her appointment. Click here to read the article
Brownfield Redevelopment Grant
In 2016, Julie and her board, Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (KCBRA) helped secure $400,000 from the EPA for the redevelopment of contaminated lands. This money will be used to clean up properties and get them back on the tax rolls, as well as adding jobs to Kalamazoo County.
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Julie introduced and helped unanimously pass a County resolution supporting the National Association of Counties (NACo) prescription drug discount card program. Click here to get the card
Here is Julie on Lori Moore Show talking more about the NACo Rx. card.
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