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Water and jobs on mayor’s mind in Washington

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Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington this week, says she's prospecting for federal aid and learning that the city's water plant could be something of a gold mine.

The mayor says her main goal at the meeting is to talk to officials in the federal departments of labor, commerce and housing and urban development to learn how to best position Evanston to get federal support for programs to help at risk youth and create jobs in the city.

And she says she's been learning about how changes in clean water laws may affect Lake Michigan and how other communities use water as a tool for economic development.

“Lake Michigan is a tremendous resource for Evanston," the mayor said in a statement. "The city can leverage its existing investment in water treatment facilities to sell water to area communities as well as attract businesses here who need a reliable, reasonably-priced source of water.”

"Mayors from neighboring communities throughout the northwest suburbs who currently receive water from the City of Chicago are very interested in talking with Evanston about their water needs,” Tisdahl added.

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