President Barack Obama ended months of speculation by naming Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as his nominee to be the next secretary of transportation.
On Monday, Eyewitness News investigated whether Mayor Foxx's big nomination Monday could mean more money coming our way.
It's one of the biggest jobs in Washington. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was nominated Monday to the job of U.S transportation secretary. If confirmed, he'll oversee a staff of 55,000, the nation's roads, railways and air travel, and he'd oversee an annual budget of $70 billion.
It's that money cities like Charlotte vie for ever year to help boost local projects.
"All of us are competing for federal dollars and North Carolina wants to be in the conversation," said Louis Mitchell, division engineer for NCDOT.
President Barack Obama says he picked Mayor Foxx for the job because of his passion for local projects including the light rail, streetcar, and the growth of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
"All of that has not only helped to create new jobs. It has helped Charlotte become more attractive to business," said Obama.
We wanted to know if, in his new job, Foxx would be able to send more money to those Charlotte projects. So we looked at retiring transportation secretary Ray LaHood and his spending history. We found out he sent more than $2 billion in stimulus money to his home state of Illinois, building a high-speed rail system, and drastically expanding O'Hare International Airport.
Louis Mitchell with NCDOT said he hopes this will mean more money for the Queen City.
"It certainly helps to have a familiar face and a familiar name and someone who is familiar with the issues of your region," Mitchell said.
North Carolina is looking for federal help to pay for improvements on Interstates 77, 485 and 85.