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2011 East Texas Economic Development Summit
Posted 10 - 26 - 2011

Connect with Texas’ Secretary of State Hope Andrade and take part in a question and answer session with legislative leaders during the 2011 East Texas Economic Development Summit, set for Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center in Lufkin.

    Sponsored by the Texas Forest Country Partnership, the summit will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seating is limited. Cost is $50 before Nov. 15 and $75 after that date. For more information or to register call the Texas Forest Country Partnership at 936-632-3552 or register online at

    “This summit is an opportunity for everyone to get connected on the issues that matter most to all of us in the 13 East Texas counties,” said Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce executive director and Texas Forest Country Partnership chair. “We will have legislators and leaders here, speaking to us and answering our questions.

    “We invite local business and civic leaders to come and hear, first-hand, what is going on in Austin and how it impacts our communities,” Mrs. Phelps said. “Plus, give the Partnership and our legislators your input about needs and changes for our area.”

     The day’s sessions include highly informative discussions focused on issues and legislation that impacts East Texas. Those speaking include:

  Allan Ritter, Texas House of Representatives & Chairman of Natural Resources Committee, will provide opening remarks.

• David Casteel, Assistant Executive Director for Field & District Operations, Texas Department of Transportation, will be speaking about transportation issues and the challenges East Texas is facing.

• David Porter, Texas Railroad Commissioner, will speak about the oil and gas industry and its impact on East Texas and the economy.

• Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, Keynote Speaker

• Legislative Panel and Q&A Session, to be moderated by David Alders

    This summit is open to community and business leaders throughout the 13 counties that encompass the Texas Forest Country Partnership. No matter the size or type of business, everyone is encouraged to attend this event. We are working to help businesses succeed in any economic climate, and this is the opportunity to provide your input to those who can effect change in our cities.

    The Texas Forest Country Partnership has served East Texans for more than 45 years. With its emphasis on economic development activities in the 13-county region that it represents, TFCP has championed the development of East Texas' natural resources, promoted tourism efforts and supported initiatives to improve transportation throughout the region. The 13 counties are: Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler.

    “We plan for this event to further ensure we increase the vitality of all of our communities,” Mrs. Phelps said.

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