Tarrant County Days in Austin a Big Success for Northeast
I was honored to join with other county officials in representing Northeast Tarrant County during Tarrant County Days in Austin on Wednesday, March 6, and Thursday, March 7. During the Legislative Session, Tarrant County Days is an opportunity for local community and business leaders to interact with elected officials and departments at the Texas State Capital.
Over 400 Tarrant County business leaders and government officials attended two days of meetings with elected officials and representatives of state offices at the Texas Capitol. Tarrant County Days was a joint effort coordinated by the Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield and our Northeast Tarrant area chambers of commerce, which resulted in the largest number of participants than anyone involved could recall.
Three of our area chambers – Grapevine, HEB and Northeast Tarrant – joined with the Arlington and Mansfield chambers to form the Coalition of East Tarrant Chambers, which gave the northeast Tarrant County area a stronger voice than we have had in years past.
Susan Young, District Director for State Senator Kelly Hancock, working with our area chamber executives, lined up an impressive collection of speakers over the two days: State Senators Jane Nelson, Beverly Powell and Kelly Hancock, as well as State Representatives Tan Parker, Jonathan Stickland, Stephanie Klick, Matt Krause and Giovanni Capriglione and also Chief of Staff Lisa Craven from the State Comptroller’s office spoke on Wednesday afternoon to the chamber of commerce leaders, who also included participants in Leadership Colleyville, Leadership Grapevine, Leadership HEB, Leadership Northwest Metroport, Leadership Northeast Tarrant and Leadership Southlake. A legislative reception for the Fort Worth Chamber and Coalition of East Tarrant Chambers of Commerce was held at the Doubletree Hotel Wednesday evening.
Thursday’s events began with the Tarrant County Legislative Breakfast that featured a keynote from new Speaker of the House, Dennis Bonner, who spoke about the progress made in the two parties working across the aisle together. He challenged the participants by saying that the best leaders go where they are uncomfortable and work to provide solutions.
Following the breakfast, the contingent gathered for a group photo on the Capitol steps and then proceeded to the Texas Supreme Court Room where State Senator Brian Birdwell and State Representatives Chris Turner, Bill Zedler, Craig Goldman and Tony Tinderholt presented their legislative updates to the attendees.
Our leaders from Northeast Tarrant County made a strong impression on state legislators. Very well done!