Lubbock Leaders Head To Washington D.C. - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/1/05

Lubbock Leaders Head To Washington D.C.

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Members, Texas Tech Officials and city officials headed for Washington D.C. Tuesday morning. On the agenda: meeting with legislators to discuss issues concerning Lubbock. About 30 city leaders will spend 12 hours on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, meeting with West Texas Congressmen Neugebauer and Conaway as well as Texas Senators Hutchison and Cornyn. All in an effort to communicate Lubbock's needs to Washington.

"This is special because of solidarity, it's the entire community coming together to look at the breadth of the needs Lubbock has in this region," explains Dr. David Smith, Chancellor of Texas Tech University. He's making one of about 20 trips a year to Washington D.C. The reason? Seeking support for Tech's research. "Tech has a series of major proposals, millions of dollars that we're asking to both renew and for new projects relative to the academic and research mission at Texas Tech."

Armed with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and for the first time members of the Lubbock City Council. "I hope they will listen and be concerned like we're concerned," explains Councilman Floyd Price. It's Floyd Price's first visit to the nation's capitol. He's hoping to address some of Lubbock's most pressing issues from water to agriculture. "Some of our ag programs may be cut and I'm concerned about that," expresses Price. He and the others are collaborating with Congressman Randy Neugebauer, a member of the Ag Committee, to discuss the proposed agriculture budget cuts. Also on the agenda: support for funding the Marsha Sharp Project as well as the Ports to Plains.

Rounding out the topics: small business concerns. "We want to talk about ways that we can promote Lubbock and ways we can promote these small businesses and get more employees to want to come to Lubbock, Texas," explains Linda Gaither from The Chamber of Commerce.

The group will return to Lubbock on Thursday.

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