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1/28/03

Lubbock Leaders Swarm Austin

Tuesday is "Lubbock Day" in Austin and dozens of Lubbock's leaders are in the capital. They want to make sure legislators know what issues are most important to the people who call the Hub City home. Those speaking for Texas Tech want to make sure the state will continue to provide enough funding so the school doesn't have to raise tuition rates, and the Lubbock City Council is putting our future water supply at the top of its list.

Tuesday's session started with the recognition of "Lubbock Day". Senator Robert Duncan, welcomed many of our leaders including, Mayor Marc McDougal, Tech Chancellor Dr. David Smith, members of Leadership Lubbock and the Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. Lubbock leaders toured the state capital, mingling with our law makers, before attending a luncheon hosted by Texas Tech.

"This is really about bringing the Lubbock family together in Austin and make sure Austin understands the state extends beyond I-35. We have needs in West Texas beyond agriculture, more importantly it shows a unified voice and expresses our issues. You know water is a big concern and we know we want to make Lubbock the best place to be," said Texas Tech Chancellor Dr. David Smith.

More than 100 people from the Hub City, came to the state capital Tuesday all with the same mission, to voice the needs, wants and concerns that effect the Lubbock community. "Important for people of Lubbock to come down here and make eye contact with other legislators a visible presence of a delegation the size we had today was very impressive and people remember that," said Republican Texas Senator Robert Duncan.

"Lubbock Day" continued throughout the night with a barbecue sponsored by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.

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