Athens civic leaders, shown here with State Rep. Lance Gooden, were in our state’s capitol this week for Athens Day in Austin. According to Athens Chamber President Sarah Hueber, the event was a “huge success.”

A statement fromAthens Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Hueber  indicates that Athens Day in Austin was a “huge success.”

Several Athens civic leaders and citizens, alike, made the trip to the state capitol on Tuesday to meet with legislators, state officials and TxDOT representatives. 

Athens City Administrator Pam Burton, who was in attendance, said that the trip was very informative.

“We were able to meet with TxDOT representatives about some highway improvements in the area,” Burton said. “We also met with State Rep. Lance Gooden, and got to know him much better.  For all who attended, it was very beneficial.”

In a statement released by his office, Gooden said the meeting with Athens citizens was needed.

“It is important for representatives to hear from their constituents, and I appreciate those who made the trip from Athens,” Gooden said.

Athens is designated with its own day in Austin, by way of legislative resolution, during each legislative session, or every other year. 

Every community has the opportunity to have it’s day at the capitol, although many do not take advantage of the chance to get in front of law makers. 

The Athens Chamber of Commerce has taken the initiative to make Athens Day in Austin a priority for our community leaders and citizens.

Athens resident Charles Spann, who was part of the delegation from Athens, commented on the importance of the journey.

“This was a good opportunity for dialogue between legislative and city leaders.  I would like to see more communication between our city and county officials and lawmakers,” Spann said.

Other Athens leaders who made the trip were Athens Mayor Randy Daniel, Council Member Jerry Don Vaught, Council Member Elaine Jenkins, Assistant City Administrator Pam Watson and Chamber Chairwoman Kathy Means. 

These officials, along with Burton, represented Athens on the House Floor to accept the Athens Day Resolution from Gooden.

Mayor Randy Daniel voiced his encouragement after returning from the event.

“It was a really good event.  Rep. Gooden did an excellent job of getting everything set up for us,”  Daniel said. “It was a great opportunity to meet with Rep. Gooden and Sen. (Robert) Nichols, as they work to pass legislation that is important to all of our lives.”


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