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Chamber visits Austin

Members of the Ennis Chamber of Commerce have been on the road lately traveling to the state capitol in Austin on two separate trips.
Near the end of February, eight members of Leadership Ennis traveled to Austin for Local and State Government month. They were recognized by Senator Kip Averitt in the Senate chambers and treated to lunch in the Lieutenant Governor’s Reception Room, where they were welcomed by Averitt and State Representative Jim Pitts as they arrived for lunch. Staff chef Tim Mateer served the tasty lunch along with interesting facts about the displays in the china cabinet, artwork and furnishings of the room.
During a tour of the capitol, the group stopped in to see Pitts in action as chairman of the House Appropriations committee who took time out of his schedule to introduce the group to those in attendance.
Before returning to Ennis, the group visited the Bob Bullock Museum and was given a guided tour of the facility. Even though it had been a long day, the group all agreed about how interesting and educational the trip had been. The trip was hosted and attended by Cathie Morales and Prosperity Bank of Ennis.
Two weeks later, 13 members from the Ennis community joined those from Waxahachie, Midlothian and Red Oak to travel to the capitol for Ellis County Day in Austin. Upon arriving, they gathered for a photo on the steps of the capitol before proceeding to both the House and Senate Chambers where they were recognized by Pitts and Averitt. The afternoon activities included a tour of the capitol and meetings with representatives from Economic Development Tourism and TxDOT. Before returning to Ennis, the group attended a reception in Speaker of the House Joe Straus’ apartment. Straus, Pitts and a number of legislators were in attendance giving the group an opportunity to meet with them personally. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Straus and touring his capitol apartment.

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