Inaugural Mayor, County Judge meeting on expanding I-27

Inaugural Mayor, County Judge meeting on expanding I-27

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Higher wages, more jobs and better infrastructure That's the census on what the Ports-to-Plains corridor could do for our region. 

Tuesday was the first meeting of the project's Advisory Committee. It was mandated by the legislature last session to explore the first phase of extending I-27 to Laredo. 

It's made up of county judges and mayors stretching from Amarillo to the border. 

Most say they expect growth in their regions from population and business, but having a true connection from production to export would help. 

"It's about ag, in our case that's largely cotton. And it's also about oil and gas produced both north and south and west of us. It's about food that's produced all over West Texas, particularly the beef cattle produced in the pan handle. It's the heartbeat of who we are," Mayor Pope said. 

The mayor points to the infrastructure work on the Marsha Sharp and Milwaukee as evidence our area can handle big projects like this. 

This committee's report is due to the governor by the end of next year. 

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