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Secretary Pablos Leads Rural Economic Development Summit In Gregg County

"Economic growth is stronger when we work regionally"

March 31, 2017
Contact: Sam Taylor
Secretary Pablos sitting at a table with other participants.
Secretary of State Rolando Pablos leads his first
rural economic development summit
in Longview, TX.

LONGVIEW, TX – Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos today led the first in a series of rural economic development summits beginning in Gregg County as part of an initiative by Governor Greg Abbott. Secretary Pablos joined Texas State Representative Jay Dean and Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt in hosting the summit, which included public and private sector leaders, along with the Economic Development division of the Governor's Office, and focused on securing future opportunities for regional economic collaboration in East Texas and beyond. Following the group discussions, Secretary Pablos toured the North and South Industrial Business Parks in Longview, as well as the East Texas Regional Airport and the LeTorneau Aviation Center.
"Economic growth is stronger when we work regionally, and today's summit was a powerful starting point in bringing together local and regional stakeholders to explore new approaches to rural economic development," Secretary Pablos said. "By continuing to build relationships between businesses, economic development organizations and local officials, we can begin to develop a constructive model for regional economic cooperation that utilizes the strengths and resources of our rural communities to create investment and robust job growth. I would like to thank Judge Stoudt for his work in organizing today's summit, and thank Governor Abbott and Representative Dean for their ongoing commitment to rural economic development. I look forward to continuing our conversations with regional industry leaders in East Texas and across the Lone Star State."
"I am grateful that Governor Abbott and Secretary Pablos have chosen Gregg County to pursue rural economic development opportunities," Representative Dean said. "Serving as Mayor of Longview for ten years, I am keenly aware of the many advantages our region has to offer. I am excited by the opportunities this partnership will create for our county."
“A good job is better than any government program, and here in East Texas we work hard to make sure that new businesses are welcome and current ones are encouraged to expand," State Senator Bryan Hughes said. "We’re thankful to have Secretary Pablos here to work alongside Judge Stoudt and Representative Dean to help our economy grow.”

Learn more about economic development in Longview.