By Mary Alys Cherry
A group of some 80 business, education and community leaders made the biennial trip to Austin Feb. 18 for visits with Texas legislators, hoping for additional funding for several issues they all felt would improve our way of life.
Topics for the group — led by the Clear Lake Area Chamber President Cindy Harreld, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell and the League City Regional Chamber officials –included more dollars for education, all-day Pre-Kindergarten, workforce development, transportation, storm surge protection and development of the Ellington Spaceport.
The exuberant crowd of Bay Area Houston cheerleaders included Superintendents Greg Smith of Clear Creek ISD, Vicki Mims of Dickinson ISD, Trish Hanks of Friendswood ISD, Lloyd Graham of La Porte ISD and Deputy Superintendent Karen Hickman of Pasadena ISD; Mayors Vern Johnson of Clear Lake Shores, Glenn Royal of Seabrook, Michel Bechtel of Morgan’s Point and Mayor Pro-tem Carl Joiner of Kemah; and City Councilors Geri Bentley of League City, Dave Martin of Houston and Al Burns of Clear Lake Shores.
Joining them were Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership President Barbara Koslov, UHCL Science Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz, San Jac Vice Chancellor Teri Crawford and dozens more who spent the day visiting as many legislators as possible, making the area’s desires known.
Photos by Matt Griesmyer