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Galveston County institutions and industry host Austin officials for the 2018 Galveston Coastal Legislative Tour
by Lynda Guidry with photos by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Friday, September 28, 2018

Legislator TourGalveston Park Board of Trustees on Thursday hosted a welcome reception at the Galveston Island Convention Center. for state elected officials to open the 2018 Galveston Coastal Legislative Tour dedicated in honor of Senator A. R. “Babe” Schwartz.

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce along with Texas City – La Marque Chamber of Commerce were instrumental in organizing a four-day informational tour of Galveston County's strategic industry and institutions.

Legislators and city and county officials participating in the conference are Senator Larry Taylor, Senator Brandon Creighton, Representative Wayne Faircloth, Representative Dr. Greg Bonnen, Dr. Craig Brown, Galveston Mayor Pro Tem, Galveston City Council, District 2 Jason Hardcastle, Galveston City Council, District 4 Fred D. Raschke, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Pete Dunn, Jr., Texas City – La Marque Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman, and Maureen Patton, Board Officer, Galveston Park Board of Trustees.

Senator Larry Taylor led the program for the evening. Prior to inviting the officials to address the other guests, Taylor recognized GRCC president Gina Spagnola for her legendary ability to organize events that showcase the strengths and needs of the county and the region.

Highlights planned for Friday and Saturday will include tours of Texas A&M University at Galveston, BP-Texas City, TCISD Industrial Trade Center, the Port of Galveston, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, The Bryan Museum and a Saturday evening performance at the 1894 Grand Opera House.

Leadership from the educational institutions and the port will welcome the legislators to their campuses and answer questions, and an update on the proposed Coastal Spine will be given by Len Waterworth of TAMUG.

Guests are being encouraged to remain on the Island on Sunday to enjoy a day of relaxation prior to returning to their regular schedules.

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