• Leadership Mid Valley XIV visits State Capitol

    February 11, 2019
    Leadership Mid Valley Class XIV participated in Rio Grande Valley Day at the State Capitol in February, as part of the delegation led by the RGV Partnership and Lower RGV Development Council.  The next day, Leadership Mid Valley was hosted by the office of State Representative Armando Martinez as part of the annual LMV Class trip to Austin. Every year, Leadership Mid Valley visits the Capitol to meet with legislators, lobbyists and heads of state departments to learn about the current projects and issues affecting the region as well as the entire state.  
    Presenters included Randy C. Hopmann, Director of District Operations, Pete Alvarez, P.E., District Engineer and Terry Martinez, Research Specialist, Government Affairs Division, all from the Texas Department of Transportation. Additional presenters were Steve McCraw, Director of Texas Department of Public Safety and State Representative Armando Martinez. 
    Leadership Mid Valley class member Christina Yepez, Knapp Community Care Foundation enjoyed sharing the trip with her fellow classmates and getting to observe the duties of state legislators.
    “My favorite part of the trip was experiencing the Capitol with my Leadership Group who posed such great questions to our State Leadership; they were so eager to learn,“ remarked Yepez. 
    “I understand that as a State Representative, it is imperative to ‘lend an ear’ to so many different issues and causes, “ Yepez continued. “However, actually witnessing the amount of individuals that visited Representative Martinez’s office in the short time that we spent there really provided a true perspective that astounded me.”
    Leadership Mid Valley would like to thank Representative Martinez and Chief of Staff Scott Jenkines for hosting the class and organizing the speakers.  In addition, Leadership Mid Valley thanks meal sponsors Joe Garcia, The Garcia Group; Amber Hausenfluck, McGuireWoods Consulting and Velma Cruz, Texas Cable Association.
    For more information on Leadership Mid Valley, visit www.weslaco.com.