Amarillo, TX – Amarillo’s City Commissioners have joined the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and other area representatives in Austin today as part of Panhandle Days at the state capitol. Panhandle Days gives Texas state legislators an opportunity to hear issues that affect constituents in all 26 panhandle counties:
The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce organizes this event every two years and this year’s efforts will focus on the following issues:
AGRICULTURE is one of the primary drivers of the Texas High Plains’ economy; 41-county area stretching from the Panhandle to the South Plains. The total value added to the area related to agricultural commodities, governmental payments to producers and the payroll of agribusiness firms averages more than $5 billion per year in the trade area for 2005 through 2008. (source: Chamber’s The Impact of Agribusiness in the High Plains Trade Area Publication) Therefore, Panhandle Days supports local agricultural agencies in their efforts in higher education, research and safety.
EDUCATION is the key to the success of the Panhandle’s economy. Our community colleges and university are supported at Panhandle Days in their efforts to provide quality higher education in classrooms or through distance education programs to our local students, so that these students can remain in our area, which strengthens our economy while producing qualified health care and other skilled workers.
ENERGY industries are supported at Panhandle Days in their efforts in development projects, which produces jobs and revenue in the Panhandle. Also, Panhandle Days support their efforts to provide customers with an affordable energy rate while living in our area.
Other issues the mayor and commissioners also expect to discuss include tax rates, health care, water and transportation infrastructure and workforce development. For more information on Panhandle Days, visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.amarillo-chamber.org.