Mathis visits Capitol for ‘San Patricio County Day’

City of Mathis officials and Mathis Economic Development Cooperation members pose in Department of Agriculture Director Sid Miller’s office in Austin. From left, front row, Eufemia Nieto, Maggie Gonzalez, Frank Galvan, Pat Doherty, Michelle Herrera, Elvira Chavez and State Director for Rural Community Development Block Grants Department of Agriculture Suzanne Barnard; from left, back row, David Garcia, Vicente Gonzalez, Yolanda Galvan, Doug Dowler, Char Brown, Justice of Peace Nere Villarreal. Not pictured are Mayor Ciri Villarreal, Angie Trejo and Abel Trejo.

The San Patricio County EDC organized “San Patricio County Day” at the State Capitol on Feb. 15.

One hundred-eighty participants from civic and government organizations, industry, educational institutions, agriculture, development organizations, retail and tourist businesses were recognized in the House and in the Senate in honor of San Patricio County Day.

The group met with State Rep. J.M. Lozano, Sen. Judith Zaffarini, Sen. Chuy Hinojosa, Rep. Abel Herrera and Rep. Todd Hunter. The group divided into teams to meet with committee chairmen and staff directors to discuss legislative issues on transportation and infrastructure, economic development, education, business and environment and water resources.

The Mathis delegation also met with the State Director of the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Suzanne Barnard and Administrator for the Office of Rural Affairs Rick Rhodes.

The CDBG recently awarded the Mathis EDC two grants to improve downtown Mathis and a microloan program to support qualifying businesses.

For most of the group, it was their first experience meeting with legislators while they were in session.  Mathis EDC Executive Director Doug Dowler said, “We learned that the committees valued hearing from constituents who report which regulations and laws work and which need repeal or modification.  

“We particularly enjoyed our visit to the Office of Rural Affairs whose administrators described the new programs that will benefit Mathis.”

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