86th LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Kilgore, area leaders join coalition push in Austin next month

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East Texans are heading to Austin in late February to make their voices heard and representatives from Kilgore will join in.

The Kilgore Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is taking part in the annual East Texas Coalition Trip to Austin Feb. 24-26 to sit down with state lawmakers and make the case for legislation which supports Kilgore’s identity and infrastructure.

According to a press release from the Chamber of Commerce, the East Texas Coalition is a group of civic and business leaders from Kilgore, Longview and Tyler and the annual trip is an opportunity to promote measures beneficial to East Texas communities, businesses and the local workforce.

Four legislative priorities for the Chamber of Commerce have been drafted by the Kilgore Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Mark Robinson of SWEPCO.

The four key priority areas are Education, Respect Kilgore’s Local Identity, Economic & Workforce Development and Infrastructure.

Specifically, in the area of education, the Chamber plans to support legislation which may help provide access to career and technical dual credit opportunities leading to jobs with family-supporting wages. Regarding local identity, they will support legislation which recognizes the uniqueness of Texas and its communities while opposing attempts to standardize state regulations which could hurt the Kilgore business community.

They will also support legislation to enhance the local workforce by coordinating efforts between businesses and schools and legislation which improves access to to quality water, broadband, electric and gas services.

Registration to attend the trip is $275 for Chamber members and $350 for non-members. Registration must be made by Feb. 17. More information is available by calling Jill McCartney, Chamber president, at 903-984-5022 or emailing jmccartney@kilgorechamber.com. Registration forms and additional information is available at www.KilgoreChamber.com.

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