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Summit set to spur rural economic growth
Posted 10 - 20 - 2009
The East Texas Economic Development Summit is Thursday, Nov. 12, at Hotel Fredonia in downtown Nacogdoches. “Opportunity Is Knocking: Are You Ready?” is the theme for the day’s event hosted by Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples, Sen. Robert Nichols and Texas Forest Country Partnership.

"The 2009 East Texas Economic Development Summit is the perfect opportunity for local officials and business leaders from small, rural East Texas communities to learn about state programs and other resources that may apply to their particular issues,” said Nichols. “Rural Texans must treat economic development differently from urban areas and we've structured this event in a way that brings useful information specific to this region.

“Expert speakers and elected officials will discuss economic trends, higher education, workforce, community development and infrastructure. Exhibits will be staffed by folks from state agencies, lending institutions, river authorities and businesses prepared to address your concerns about your community,” Nichols said.

Keynote speaker, Ray Perryman, president of The Perryman Group, will present “Economic Outlook - U.S., Texas, and East Texas” during the summit luncheon.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. The pre-registration fee is $50, and the deadline to pre-register is Nov. 2. Registration at the door is $75 if space is available. An event brochure with registration form, event schedule and agenda has been mailed to area contacts, and is also available online at Contact Charlie Dromgoole, executive director of Texas Forest Country Partnership, 936-632-3552 or 936-676-0679, for more information.

Sponsors of the 2009 event are Brookshire Brothers, CenterPoint Energy, Citizens 1st Bank, Deep East Texas Council of Governments, First Bank & Trust East Texas, Hotel Fredonia, Sabine River Authority of Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texans for Lawsuit Reform and Work Force Solutions.

Event co-sponsors are AT&T, Austin Bank, BancorpSouth, City of Lufkin Economic Development, Consolidated Communications, Texas State Bank, East Texas Electric Cooperative, East Texas Regional Development Company, General Shelters, Heritage Land Bank, Lower Neches Valley Authority, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, North American Procurement Company, ONCOR, Pineywoods Resource Conservation & Development, Inc., Sam Houston Electric Cooperative, Texas Forestry Association, Texas Poultry Federation and Affiliates and Upper Neches River Municipal Water Authority.

Click the link below for the event agenda and registration form.
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