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Transportation, infrastructure issues in east Texas to be talked


HUNTSVILLE — The Central East Texas Alliance (CETA) announces that registration is now open for the CETA Focus Series event on March 19, that will focus on transportation and infrastructure issues in the central east Texas region. Featured speakers will include Robert Eckels, president of the Texas Central High- Speed Railway; Brad Stafford, city manager in the City of Navasota; and Megan Henderson from the Heart of Texas Council of Governments. The event will be held at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, 1400 19th Street in Huntsville from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Advance registration is $15 for the general public. Registration is open and available online at www. cetalliance.com. The Focus Series is a quarterly educational forum hosted by CETA in an effort to educate the 10-county region that the organization serves and to engage the public at large. Speakers will share important information about transportation projects in the works in the region, as well as best practices for pursuing local infrastructure projects on the City and County level. The agenda will include presentations from each of the speakers and a panel discussion with audience participation. "We're glad to be able to focus on transportation and infrastructure with this quarter's event," said Stacey Osborne, co-founder of CETA and an organizer of the event. "Preparing your community's infrastructure and understanding the region's transportation system are key factors in growing and developing the economy on the regional and the local level, and we'e excited to bring this information to our members and to the public at large." CETA, which recently achieved status as a non-profit organization, was co-founded by Stacey Osborne, Principal and CEO of the Economic Vitality Corporation; Cheryl Hudec, Associate Director of Pioneers Youth Leadership, Inc.; and Sarah Beach, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology and with the Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University. They created the organization in response to a need for regional support for economic development efforts in the largely rural area located along the I-45 corridor between Houston and Dallas. CETA is designed to support the economic and community development efforts of the cities, counties, and economic development organizations in the central east Texas region that includes the counties of Grimes, Houston, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker. CETA, which began its existence with nine Founding Members in May 2014, is currently managed by its founders. Membership fees are based on population, and membership is accepted on an annual basis. The next membership enrollment period will be in September 2015. Sponsorships starting at $250 are available for companies and organizations in the region who wish to participate in CETA's activities. For additional information about the CETA Focus Series event on March 19th or about CETA and its members, please visit www.cetalliance.com or call Stacey Osborne at (713) 456-9429.


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