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Posted 01 - 22 - 2019

Nacogdoches SFA Days in Austin Scheduled

For immediate release                    C. Wayne Mitchell, President & CEO

Jan. 17, 2019

Nacogdoches, Texas— The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University, is preparing for a trip to State Capitol for Nacogdoches SFA Days in Austin on February 19 and 20, 2019.

“We anticipate a great group of individuals to go with us for this important event,” said Chamber President & CEO C. Wayne Mitchell. “The Chamber will meet with legislative officials and department heads from several state agencies and associations.  We anticipate that we will be able to convey our important talking points during our visit,” Mitchell said.

Over 100 officials, including City Staff; representatives from the medical community; business leaders and Chamber members are expected to attend this event.  It is held every other year when the Texas Legislature is in session.

“We are pleased to have the assistance of State Senator Robert Nichols and State Representative Travis Clardy.  Without their help and assistance and the assistance of their staff, this program would not be possible,” Mitchell said.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber's Government Affairs Committee Chair Donna Finley has worked to develop an agenda that will establish relationships with legislative officials and state department heads; promote our legislative positions and create a stronger bond between Nacogdoches County and the State Legislature.  “This is a wonderful opportunity to communicate with public officials,“ Finley said.

Some of the key legislative points that the Chamber hopes to promote are:


That continued state and legislative support for Stephen F. Austin State University as an independent University will promote economic vitality in Nacogdoches County;

That investing in and supporting local public school districts will be a major contributor to the economic future of Nacogdoches County and the State of Texas;

That investing in the development of research and data will help the public understand the value of supporting and investing in education;

That investing in workforce development and technical training will pay dividends to rural areas of Texas.


That the need to support funding resources and assistance for rural hospitals and indigenthealth care is critical to our economic future; The 1115 Waiver is estimated to lose as much as $200 to $300 million dollars a year starting in 2020 under the 1115 Waiver renewal because of revised statutes. 

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Legislature, supported by the Texas Congressional delegation are urged to find a way to replace a substantial portion of those dollars by 2020 or more rural hospital closures are a certainty.

That it is important to continue and expand support for mental health resources/services for children and adults in Nacogdoches County and finding the necessary financial resources to adequately address mental health needs.

That it is important to renegotiate and extend the Medicaid 1115 Waiver to preserve $3 billion in federal funding used for critical health and mental health services.


That legislative support for the continued development of I-69 and the need to support rural transportation projects and other transportation projects in Nacogdoches County will be critical to future growth, investment and development;

That the legislature continues funding to support rural transportation infrastructure.

For more information, please contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 936-560-5533 or go to

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