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DETCOG stresses unity in obtaining future goals
San Jacinto News- Times
JASPER – Every other year offi cials and organizations from Deep East Texas hold a “get acquainted” reception for their newly elected legislative delegation and state offi cials. “The beginning of the session is a good time to demonstrate in Austin that the people from this region support each other,” said Texas Forestry Association Executive Director Ron Hufford. “The variety and total number of sponsors for the Deep East Texas Reception is an indication of the unity of the local governments, non-profi ts, private sector, regional associations and social service organizations in our region.” The 2011 Deep East Texas Reception is scheduled for the evening of Monday, January 10. The legislative session begins the next day with swearing in ceremonies for legislators and state offi cials. “One of the most pressing issues continuing to face East Texas is protecting our water and other natural resources,” said Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) President, and Sabine River Authority Operations Manager Donnie Henson. “With the 2010 Census showing the continuing growth of Houston, Dallas and the Austin to San Antonio corridor, we will be stressing the need for our region to work together!” The sponsors for the 2011 reception include the East Texas County Commissioners and Judges Association, the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, the Burke Center, the Texas Forestry Association, East Texas Support Services, Polk County, Jasper County, Tyler County, Houston County, Nacogdoches County, Angelina County, Shelby County, the City of Lufkin, the City of Nacogdoches, the City of Jasper, Stephen F. Austin State University, the Lower Neches Valley Authority, the Sabine River Authority, First Bank & Trust East Texas, Deep East Texas Foundation, David J. Waxman, Inc., Chesapeake Energy and the Jasper Economic Development Corporation. “The legislative process in Texas is very intense because they only meet for five months every two years,” according to Houston County Judge, and Texas Association of Regional Councils, and DETCOG, First Vice-President, Lonnie Hunt. “This reception is a statement from the people of Deep East Texas that we are interested in what is going on in Austin, that we support our state officials and legislators, and want to be included in the process,” concluded Hunt. Officially the reception is to honor the State Officials and Legislators from the Deep East Texas area. A special presentation of “Deep East Texas Legislator of the Year” is also scheduled to be made to Texas State Senator, Robert Nichols, for his exemplary work on behalf of the people of Deep East Texas. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples, a past recipient of the award, will make the presentation. The Deep East Texas Reception is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Omni Downtown Hotel at 700 San Jacinto Boulevard in Austin. Everyone from Deep East Texas is invited to attend. Anyone needing information concerning the event may contact the Deep East Texas Council of Governments in Jasper at 409-384-5704.