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Central Texas leaders head to D.C. to talk regional funding priorities

Staff of local elected officials meeting with the Austin Chamber in May. (Austin Chamber of Commerce/Twitter)

The Austin Chamber of Commerce is gathering community leaders for a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with officials and agency leaders about funding for semiconductor manufacturing, infrastructure, transportation and more.

More than 60 will be part of the group meeting with Central Texas representatives, including Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, Congressmen Lloyd Doggett, Joaquin Castro, Michael McCaul and Chip Roy.

Fred Heldenfels, chair of the Austin Chamber of Commerce board of directors, said this is one of the most important things the chamber does every year. “It's an opportunity for community leadership to interact directly with members of congress and travel to Washington, D.C. to support policies that will help our region prosper,” Heldenfels said.

This trip marks the first one since 2019 and will include three days of meetings and speakers with federal agencies like the Federal Transit Administration, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education and the Transportation Security Administration.

Other topics of discussion for the chamber and community leaders involve TSA staffing and pay for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, workforce and talent development and funding for education and advanced manufacturing.


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