Local Delegation to Lobby at Austin Capitol

This week, the Twin Cities will go to Austin to lobby state leaders on important issues to our area.

This is a biennial trip for the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce delegation to the state's legislative session, where they will meet with representatives and senators from across the state.

As usual, transportation is at the top of the list. We've all seen the massive amount of work being done on our major roads. A key talking point for the delegation will be urging leaders to money so all major highways in and out are four-lane, divided roads.

Leaders will also focus on trying to get an aviation development center to the area, as well as the issue of motor fuel taxes.

At last week's economic conference, the Chamber touted the benefits of wellness programs offered by area businesses to employees. In Austin, the Chamber will lobby for the state to offer incentives for having those programs.

So many people felt the affects of power outages after Hurricane Ike. Local leaders will make the case for the state to require all power companies to have backup systems in place to route power into powerless areas in case of a catastrophic incident.

The Chamber continues to push for a bigger role for Blinn College in the workforce development world. Money for the creation of expanded programs at the Bryan campus is on delegates' agenda.

The trip comes Tuesday and Wednesday

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