Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – Businesses across the country may be looking to those right here in Lubbock for answers. Senator John Cornyn asked members of our business community Tuesday what makes Lubbock so successful, hoping to take the tips back to Washington, D.C.
Lubbock's unemployment rate is relatively low at 6.2 percent considering the national average is approaching ten percent. Local industry leaders tell Sen. Cornyn it is a mixture of the right to work, low taxes and community partnership that is keeping businesses here above water during tough economic times.
"I think I learned a lot and look forward to executing those assignments when I get back to Washington," Sen. Cornyn told business leaders Tuesday. He heard first hand, from community leaders, what separates West Texas from the rest of the country.
"We don't want Texas to become more like Washington. It's not theory, it is experience," said the Senator.
Local leaders from schools, small businesses and local banks all point to partnerships within the Lubbock community. Sen. Cornyn says jobs are created at the local level not by a mandate coming out of Washington.
"A lot of times you have to go to Washington to visit your senator," said Lubbock Economic Development Alliance CEO John Osborne who helped organize the roundtable talks at Hurley Companies.
"The community works so hard together. We collaborate well together and are working to do things that are going to be in the best interest of Lubbock," said Osborne.
"I owe a lot to LEDA," said CEV Multimedia Chairman Gordon Davis who shared his challenges and successes with Sen. Cornyn. "It's tough to make payroll especially in the textbook business. Lots of politics, lots of money and a lot of risk," said Davis.
"It's got to come from the private sector and people like this who are willing to invest money take risk and create opportunities for people," said Sen. Cornyn in reference to business leaders whose stories he heard.
CEV Multimedia turns 25 next month. "We made it. We were fortunate to have a lot of good employees from LISD, South Plains College and Texas Tech," said Davis.
Senate Republican Leader from Kentucky Mitch McConnell was also in the Hub City for a fundraiser with Sen. Cornyn Tuesday. Sen. Cornyn heads back to Washington on April 12th and plans on sharing Lubbock's success with his colleagues in Washington.
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