Forum set on water, transportation

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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State Rep. Phil King will host a town hall forum 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County.

Commissioner Victor Vandergriff of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Director Kathleen Jackson of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will be on hand along with King to discuss transportation and water issues facing the state and how those issues will be addressed during the upcoming 84th legislative session.

Jackson will discuss the TWDB’s role and the need to develop a wide range of solutions, promising technologies and collaborative partnerships to meet the state’s current and future water needs.

“TWDB is actively engaged in a new level of public and community outreach across the state to address the common goal we all share, which is to develop water for Texas,” King said. “Director Jackson will highlight policies and procedures that have changed at the agency since the passage of House Bill 4 and will provide an update on implementing the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT).”

Vandergriff, a member of the Texas Transportation Commission, helps oversee TxDOT’s activities statewide. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry March 26, 2013, and took his seat on the commission on April 30, 2013. He is an attorney and private businessman specializing in business development and legislative issues.

From 2009 to 2013, Vandergriff served as chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles board. He was also a board member for the North Texas Tollway Authority from 2007 to 2013, serving as chairman 2010-2011.

The public is invited to the forum.

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