Leadership Mid Valley took their annual class trip to visit the State Capitol on May 1 & 2. The class had the opportunity to meet with top state legislators and officials. The class was hosted by the office of State Representative Mando Martinez.
Speakers included Marc Williams, P.E., Deputy Executive Director of the Department of Transportation; Lila Valencia, Legislative and State Agency Liaison for the Texas Demographic Center; Jay Root, investigative reporter for the Texas Tribune; Patricia Shipton, Chief of Staff and Chris Greisel, House Parliamentarian, both from the office of House Speaker Joe Strauss.
LMV Class member Patrick Gonzalez called it an “eye-opening” experience, and was encouraged to hear how the Rio Grande Valley is no longer being overlooked and is becoming more noticed by leaders across the state.
“One thing that was mentioned by all the leaders and officials we met with was how the Rio Grande Valley is at the cusp of economic growth, which we’ll see in the next decade,” remarked Gonzalez. “We’re one of the most important regions in the state right now and they’re finally starting to see the potential that the Rio Grande Valley has.”
Leadership Mid Valley would like to think the office of Representative Martinez and Chief of Staff Scott Jenkines for hosting the class and organizing the speakers. In addition, Leadership Mid Valley would like to thank meal sponsors Mario Martinez, Charter Communications, ONEGas, Inc., McGuireWoods Consulting, AEP, El Paso Electric Company, Blackridge, and Texas Cable Association.
For more information on Leadership Mid Valley and the Weslaco Chamber, visit www.weslaco.com.