Key leaders for Nacogdoches-SFA Days in Austin presented by Norbord are from left Chamber Government Affairs Committee Chair Scarlett Sloane, Smith & Partners Financial Services, LLC; Dr. Baker Pattillo, President, SFASU; Rep. Travis Clardy; Chamber Chair Jessica Henderson, Hospice of East Texas; and Phil Ferguson, Procurement Manager, Norbord.(Photo by Bruce R. Partain)
Nacogdoches - SFA Days in Austin presented by Norbord Texas
By Kelly Daniel
Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Government Affairs committee chair Scarlett Sloane encourages all to attend Nacogdoches-SFA Days in Austin presented by Norbord, Feb. 18-19. The two-day event includes briefings with elected officials at the Capitol and a Wednesday evening reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Omni Hotel, 700 San Jacinto and 8th St., co-hosted by Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy.
"Groups representing our community and individuals meet for a time to interact with the policy makers at the Capitol during the 84th legislative session," Sloane said. "In the Wednesday and Thursday briefings we are focusing on higher education, legislative budget and transportation. Speakers on those topics include Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes, TxDOT Executive Director General Joe Weber, and State Comptroller Glenn Hegar. "
Sen. Nichols and Rep. Clardy plan to be involved in the briefings, and they both welcome the Nacogdoches - SFA group to visit their offices at the Capitol and meet the staff members.
"Nacogdoches - SFA Days at the Texas Capitol is a great opportunity for community members, officials, business leaders, educators and SFA student leaders to become better informed about the current issues facing our state" Rep. Clardy said. "I'm always proud to see the positive impact made by the Nacogdoches-SFA delegation as members interact with legislative and agency leaders about the issues important to East Texas while also highlighting our greatest resources and strengths. Those who participate in Nacogdoches - SFA Days are true allies in my work to promote the interests of House District 11 in the Texas Legislature."
Sloane said with support from sponsors, there are no charges to attend the meetings and reception. An RSVP is requested, and attendees should make arrangements for lodging if needed. "The Chamber secured limited room blocks at several hotels for the event, but the blocks and rates will expire by the end of the month."
Room blocks are available through Jan. 28 at Crowne Plaza Austin for $126 a night, phone 512-323-5466, and Holiday Inn Midtown for $120 a night, 512-451-5757, use the code "NCC.".Also available through Jan. 19 is Best Western Plus at $110 a night, 512-444-0561 ext. 0, use the code "Nacogdoches—SFA."
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs committee has prepared a Legislative Agenda with input from Stephen F. Austin State University. The document will be presented to members of the state legislature during the event.
"The main points of the agenda are economic development, education, community development, transportation and infrastructure," Sloane said. "The full agenda can be found on the Chamber's web site, nacogdoches.org, in the Hot News section."
Use hash tag #NacSFADay to follow the event online in social media.
Nacogdoches - SFA Days in Austin presented by Norbord event agenda:
Wednesday, February 18
2:00 pm - Legislative Updates, at Capitol Extension E2.036*
· Legislative Budget: Comptroller Glenn Hegar
· Key Issues: Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Legislative Reception
- Elected Officials, Staffs & Chamber Members invited
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, 700 San Jacinto at 8th St.
Thursday, February 19
Group photo at the Capitol (gather at 8:30 a.m.)
Legislative briefings at Capitol: (est. 9:15 - 10 a.m.)
· Higher Education: Capitol Ext: E2.036*
- Higher Ed Coord. Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes
- TxDOT Executive Director Gen. Joe Weber
Recognition—Senate and House Chambers (est. 10:45 a.m.)