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Brazos Valley Leaders Present Plan in DC

Business, government and community leaders from the Brazos Valley once again visited Capitol Hill to speak with the nation’s elected leaders.
During the week of May 6, the 2019 Federal Legislative Action Plan produced by members of the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce was delivered to the Texas congressional delegation and other leaders in Washington, DC. BVEDC President/CEO Matt Prochaska was part of the annual Chamber-led mission.
Each representative and senator from the State of Texas receives the action plan, which is created by local leaders through the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee, of which Prochaska is a part. The region's congressman, Bill Flores, arranged a day of presentations and discussion with senators, congressional leaders and top officials in the executive branch.
As noted in the document, the plan’s purpose “is to summarize the important legislative goals in the areas of concern to (the Chamber’s) 1,500 plus members and our community.” Issues related to economic development, fiscal responsibility, healthcare, higher education and workforce training, transportation, and regulatory and tax burdens are highlighted.
You can read the full Federal Legislative Action Plan by clicking here.
On the economic development side, the 2019 plan supports:
  • Enacting comprehensive immigration reform that rewards legal immigration and fosters economic growth, protects our borders, and eliminates loopholes that encourage illegal entry.
  • Enhancing fair and equitable international trade agreements and activities which benefit all parties, creating jobs and wealth while increasing cooperation and understanding.
  • Implementing the national cybersecurity framework by the most effective and rapid means to prepare the cybersecurity workforce, reduce vulnerabilities, prepare for cyber incidents, and make our critical infrastructure and the national more secure and resilient.
  • Continuing policies that secure energy independence, encourage energy exports, and enable innovation in diverse energy sources. Continuing to rebuild national defense to increase U.S. influence and credibility globally while keeping promises made to our military.
  • Maintaining current procedures and increasing funding for federal economic development programs such as: Community Development Block Grant funds, Economic Development Administration grants, New Market Tax Credits, Historically Underutilized Business Zones, and Opportunity Zones.
  • Investing in new and repairing existing critical national and state infrastructure. Continuing the current tax exempt status of municipal bonds to allow state and local governments to afford to build and maintain critical infrastructure and employ those who perform that important function.
  • Building and supporting a qualified workforce by investing funds at the state and regional service area levels which will target vocational and technical training and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to meet local employers’ needs.


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