STEPHENVILLE (March 23, 2017) – On Tuesday prominent business people, volunteers, government official and organizational leaders of Stephenville went to Austin in honor of Stephenville Day at the Texas Capitol.
Stephenville representatives, facilitated by the Stephenville Economic Development Authority, were recognized and met with state departments and officials throughout the day to promote local interests. Stephenville traveled in conjunction with Tarleton State University, who was celebrating Tarleton State University Day at the Capitol.
“We had [the days at the Texas capitol] together because I think it’s important to send the message that we are coordinating together, that we have shared concerns, we have shared successes,” Stephenville Mayor Kenny Weldon said. “It’s very powerful for president Dottavio and I to be recognized together. Tarleton has been coming down and doing this for many years, and for us to come down and join them I think addresses the partnership and relationship we need to have moving forward and working together.”
Weldon and TSU president Dr. Dominic Dottavio were recognized by Rep. Dr. J.D. Sheffield in the House of Representatives and by Sen. Craig Estes in the Senate.
The Stephenville delegation visited agriculture commissioner Sid Miller’s office. Miller was unable to meet with Stephenville since he left for Israel earlier that day.
In the afternoon, Stephenville heard presentations from the Texas Water Development Board, Economic Development and Tourism, and the Texas Department of Agriculture. Various representatives also met with different government departments and Estes’ office.
“I think there are two benefits [of traveling to Austin],” Weldon said. “First of all so that the legislators are aware of our community and the great things going on here, and secondly for us as a community to know what is going on in Austin.”