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Rep. Jodey Arrington plans business roundtable Monday

U.S. Representative for District 19 Jodey Arrington will host a roundtable Monday at Mosaic Coffee in Levelland with specific business leaders from various industries in Hockley County.

Kaci Morris, District Field Representative for Arrington’s office, said certain individuals were invited to the roundtable to speak on their experiences in business over the past two years.

“We were trying to target specific groups and keep it a pretty focused discussion,” Morris said.

She said Arrington’s office invited leaders from agriculture, education, healthcare, automotive, restaurant and oil and gas industries.

“This is an opportunity for the congressman to update them on the tactics he’s using or has in mind in trying to solve some of the issues they’re facing,” Morris said. “And, provide an update on the pulse in DC and working through some of these things.”

Morris said this event is not a town hall type event and the discussion will be centered around issues local industries are facing and what Rep. Arrington plans to do to ease those issues.

“It’s not a town hall…We’ve done those and they don’t feel as effective,” Morris said. “With all the pressing topics at the moment that are geared toward a lot of our businesses and the struggle they’re feeling, we want to give this time, attention and opportunity to them to have a beneficial discussion.”

“We want this to be beneficial for community members and Rep. Arrington in getting that feedback,” Morris said.

Following the roundtable discussion that morning, Arrington will tour the new Enviro Tech building at the Levelland Industrial Rail Park off Highway 114.

Morris said the goal of this tour is to see the benefits this business brings to the area and the South Plains.

Rep. Arrington’s day in Levelland will conclude with a closed door meeting with local government and law enforcement officials.

Morris said this is so Rep. Arrington can hear from local leaders about what they’re seeing without hindrance.

“This is an opportunity for them to speak freely to the things they’re seeing and feeling,” Morris said. “With law enforcement, we will probably hear a lot of the effects the border is having on our smaller, West Texas towns in several ways.

“I think we will probably discuss some broadband issues, too,” Morris said. “As far as what else is on the table there, I’m not sure. We left that closed door so they could speak freely and Rep. Arrington could speak freely, as well.”

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