Lubbock Leadership Goes to Washington - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/28/04

Lubbock Leadership Goes to Washington

The goal is to better Lubbock and the mission includes taking our legislative agenda straight to the nation's capitol. Local business leaders and Texas Tech officials are heading to Washington DC for the fifth year in a row, to make it clear, to our Texas Legislators... what Lubbock needs.

The Washington DC fly in, as this group calls it, gives our leaders a chance to talk face to face, and one on one, with our elected legislators.

"We take a group of local business leaders who are actually taking our legislative agenda to our Texas Delegation and making sure they are aware of what our interests are both in laws we would like to enacted as well as laws that are pending enacting that we are worried about. And just generally to share with them the interest of the business community in not only Lubbock but our region as well," said Lubbock Chamber of Commerce President Eddie McBride.

McBride says Texas Tech research and funding is at the top of the list. Also on the agenda is transportation, Ports to Plains, water issues, agricultural interests and subsidiaries along with healthcare reform.

"If your advocating on the behalf of the business leaders in this community, we're obviously going to be representing the community as a whole. And when we're able to partner with Texas Tech as a whole it benefits the whole region," McBride said.

"We're going to be talking about our initiatives for the future. We're going to be talking to our legislators, the congressman and the senators about our desires to really push Tech forward. In the area of academics and research and the investment that its going to take. More specifically we're going to be interested in bolstering our research. And targeting some key areas that we think Tech the University and the HSC have in areas of national prominence," says TTU Chancellor Dr. David Smith.

About 30 leaders from Lubbock are going on the trip, they call it a business friendly approach to better Lubbock for the future.

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