Victoria Chamber to host conference for transportation, development

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Feb. 24, 2014 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2014 at 8:24 p.m.

Infrastructure is a key component of Victoria's development.

The Victoria Chamber of Commerce will host a 2014 Transportation and Development Conference on March 6. Businesses, individuals and organizations, including State Representative Geanie Morrison and Texas Department of Transportation Deputy Executive Director John Barton, will discuss the future of Victoria's roads and growth.

Two panels will focus on the area's transportation and development, Randy Vivian, president/CEO of the chamber, said.

"Transportation is such a huge issue for us - we're not called the Crossroads for nothing," he said.

The first panel will address transportation projects and updates in the city, county and state, while the second will address economic development projects and some future expectations, Vivian said. Following each panel, questions will be accepted from the attendees.

"This is a chance for them to ask questions about things they might not have a chance to ask about outside of the conference," he said.

This is the first time to host the event, but Vivian hopes the conference will grow into something larger.

"We're all affected by transportation and our ability to effectively move around the city and county," Lynn Short, city of Victoria director of public works, said.

The event will offer attendees a chance to learn about some ongoing and future projects that might affect the area's transportation, he said.

Short is included in the panel discussions regarding transportation as well as Victoria County Commissioner Clint Ives and Paul Freich, Yoakum district engineer for Texas Department of Transportation, and the representatives for the Port of Victoria.



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