Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce Meets with Reps and Policymakers in DC
Last week, I hosted the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce in our nation’s capital. During their time in Washington, the Chamber met with Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, federal agency officials, and me to discuss how tax reform is benefiting the Conroe community and other shared priorities such as workforce development.
It is always a privilege to meet with business leaders from my district and hear first-hand how tax cuts are helping them expand their companies, hire more workers and increase benefits for their employees. One of the biggest goals of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was to help small business owners flourish, and the numbers prove it has done just that.
As a former Chamber executive, I can attest that the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce does a top-notch job of representing their members and advocating on their behalf. I hope that this is the first of many future trips to DC and I look forward to continuing to work with them on our shared priorities.
“The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce values the opportunity to build relationships with our elected officials,” said Brian Bondy, President of the Chamber. “Using the opportunity of a fly-in provided our members’ the chance to not only meet with them, but to hear how we can work with each other to make our area even more attractive to businesses and residents.”
“This was the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s first trip to Washington DC and we could not be more pleased," stated George Waggoner, President of First National Bank Texas in Conroe and Chairman of the Board for the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber. "We had a very productive meeting with Chairman Brady and his staff about issues that are important to our membership and community. The Chairman and his staff were great hosts and we are very grateful not only for their time but for the introductions to many other Congressional Representatives and Governmental Agencies while we were there. This trip was an excellent opportunity for the Chamber to continue our work with Chairman Brady and we hope to be able to build upon the many new relationships and resources started while there.”
“In the weeks leading up to this trip, our planning team discussed issues that are critical to both Conroe and its elected officials,” commented Steve Pilgrim, Director of Business and Economic Development for Entergy Texas, Chairman of the Conroe Economic Development Council, and Chamber Board Member. “We were able to talk with Congressman Brady and his staff about those issues and to create opportunities for continued discussion and action. Most of all, I believe that we have taken an important step in creating an even stronger relationship with the Congressman’s Office that will serve us all for years to come as we build on this event.”
“It was a privilege to travel with the Chamber to Washington, D.C. as both a member of the Board of Directors and as a representative from higher education," added Dr. Rebecca Riley, President of the Lone Star College Montgomery Campus. "It was a great opportunity to learn more about how Lone Star College can help our community address workforce needs. Our aggressive itinerary allowed us to meet with many agencies, legislators, and staffers who were extremely helpful to us. Best of all, we built relationships among representatives from each of the offices we visited.”
The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce is a 3-Star accredited chamber representing the greater Montgomery County area. Founded in 1934, the Chamber has over 1,100 members who represent a diverse range of businesses and community organizations. The Chamber is dedicated to strengthening the economic environment and quality of life in Montgomery County.