spending by tourists, also, is also an important part of our tax base, state and local taxes related to the tourism economic activity accounted for over 8.3 million in tax revenue in that same year as coastal residents we are all too familiar recoverable. We are to natural disasters, since our office efforts have taken a large step to save our coastal life style, with the majority of our local tourism product being our natural resources, it is critical that we prepare preserve and protect our community against increasing risk due to tropical storms, storm surge flooding and sea level rise with helping the senators infrastructure bill our homes and businesses will be more resilient, and our community will see a swifter recovery in order to stabilize and grow our economy after restoring
this time, I'd like to introduce to ST, News Mayor John Dorsey, he knows firsthand how damaging to Rising Storm
surge to be violated. All right. Well, Senator, welcome again. It's great to space for the quick mask off here but one of the things I think that we talked about the senator earlier so important for our community but for all the communities in coastal Georgia is the need for resiliency to be able to deal with the sea rise level. The changes in storm patterns and the flooding that we're starting to see that it's becoming more and more serious. We have plans to do that. The programs that are being offered by the federal government and sponsored by the senator here in particular are helping us be able to figure out how to deal, and how to manage the money that will help us be able to create what we know will give this a sustainable environment for the people that come after us and that's what people like. Grayson and I and the other council people here and then people that care about Canada Canada are all concerned about how do we prepare for 10 2030 years out, we need to give them the tools to be able to sustain and grow, and we are growing, and we have lots of great economic development news and we are always discovered as a great tourism spot where we are really one of the best places to live. For a guy who's been here forever, will tell you as a native, that this is a wonderful place to live, with great school system, great friends and community spirit. And so we have some new people that have just moved in from Atlanta, who felt the same way just by coming down and seeing what we're like. And the more you come, the more you may want to stay here.
Appreciate you being here and as I said earlier, says wonders volumes about Senator also happens he's taking a second trip down here, he's already planning his third reason Connect is connecting to our community. He's making sure he's down here hearing our concerns and responding those concerns, that's extremely important and I appreciate that personally. Someone who's lived in this community, my entire life. Thank you for being here today and we appreciate the chance to go and entertain you.
Certainly appreciate that you're all in your house and it was really important for us to have those experiences, and that you identify and recognize and appreciate. Thank you.
Good afternoon, and thank you all for your attendance here today. Before I focused my attention on the bipartisan infrastructure legislation, just a brief update I spoke with Secretary of State Tony Blinken about an hour ago about the ongoing efforts to evacuating US citizens, and Afghan allies from Kabul, Afghanistan, and my office remains on call we're working around the clock to support efforts to ensure any Georgians who remain in Afghanistan are going to be connected with the Secretary of State's office and the Department of Defense to support their evacuation from Afghanistan and any Georgians who have family members in Afghanistan requiring assistance should contact my office, all those details firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you to the mayors, thank you to the council members and commissioners present today. Today I briefed local elected officials, as well as national car service personnel on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that we passed by an overwhelming bipartisan margin, Democrats and Republicans in the US Senate. Two weeks ago, and I want to focus in particular on the investments that this legislation delivers and coastal resilience for Camden County for the cities of King's London St Mary's and communities throughout coastal Georgia and as you know, this was one of my highest priorities in this infrastructure legislation was ensuring that there were significant investments in coastal resilience. And it is my pleasure to report to you that there is more than $12 billion for coastal resilience in this bipartisan infrastructure bill. And that means resources that will flow to localities and counties for drainage infrastructure improvements for permeable pavers to assist with draining flood and tropical storm and storm surge events for marsh land remediation and sustainment for weatherization of public and private buildings so that communities like this one can withstand more and more intense tropical storms and flooding. For the reinforcement and expansion of evacuation routes, so that the local community here can access inland and higher elevation, where necessary, and a whole range of coastal resiliency investments that will benefit this community again. The most important message I want to deliver to the people of Camden County and throughout coastal Georgia, more than $12 billion. Included in this bipartisan infrastructure bill for coastal resilience, and I look forward to working with the outstanding local leaders who have welcomed me here today to ensure that that funding reaches these communities, because as sea levels continue to rise as tropical storms become more intense, we have to prepare our coastal communities in Georgia for flooding, and these resources will be available for that purpose. So thank you again, as you mentioned, is my second Camden County. Since I was elected and I am already planning my third, and look forward to working with you to help ensure this community is resilient in the face of the threats of flooding and tropical storm, any questions from. Hi Senator.
My name is Shannon, Georgia, and my question would be, you mentioned $12 billion. How much of that do you estimate would be specifically going to Camden County,
well it will be grants for which the county, and other localities will apply. Okay, so what my office will do is directly support localities and coastal Georgia as they apply to federal agencies for those grants, and when those grants are approved, then we'll be announcing those and informing the local community of the resources that are on the web.
Thank you. Any other questions. Okay,
thank you so much for having me. So we're gonna thank y'all for.