ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Members of Ardmore Development Authority traveled to Washington D.C. to speak with state representatives about the growth of the city.

One of the hot topics of conversation was the development of Ardmore's aviation programs and facilities.

Ambassadors from ADA met last week with members of Congress, including Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, regarding Ardmore's development as a top spot for business and tourism growth. 

"I think it's absolutely paramount that we are in front of those legislatures that help make the decisions regarding our state and help bring money — federal money — to grow it," said ADA executive Dan Luttrell.

While aviation was a focus, other important things about Ardmore were discussed, including utilization of the city's public buildings and other economic development projects.

ADA president and CEO Bill Murphy believes the city and region have important assets to attract growth.

"We think that our proximity to the Arbuckles, certainly Lake Murray, and quite frankly the investments that the Chickasaw have made in Thackerville and soon to be here in Ardmore," Murphy said. "We think we need to be in front of those pilots and talk about the assets that we have here."