Leadership Pearland visits Our Southern Neighbors

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On Monday, January 12, 2015 the Leadership Pearland Class of 2014-2015 participated in the fifth event that is part of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce nine-month program designed to enhance and motivate their potential for civic leadership and commitment to the Pearland community.

This month’s session, entitled “Our Southern Neighbors” focused on educating the class on Brazoria County and the multiple departments.

The Leadership Pearland Class started the day by attending the Commissioner’s Court meeting. Newly elected County Judge Matt Sebesta recognized the class for being in attendance. The class was able to hear the court discuss purchasing listening devices for the hearing impaired in the courts.

At the Brazoria County Court House, the class was taken on a tour of various departments. Cindy Akins and Gina Ferguson of the County Clerk’s office provided a tour and history of the building. The class was able to view the original will for Stephen F. Austin. Upon completing the tour, Charlotte Day Deputy District Clerk, provided information on the record keeping that their department oversees. The class learned that the District Clerk is ultimately the custodial of records for the entire county. The last stop at the court house was Judge Randall Hufstetler’s office and courtroom. Judge Hufstetler provided information on the 300th District Court and the class was able to enter his courtroom and observe court procedures.

Lunch was held at Smithhart’s Texas Grill and sponsored by the Pearland Economic Development Corporation. The class was joined at lunch by Commissioner Stacy Adams, Commissioner Dude Payne, Commissioner Ryan Cade and staff from Judge Sebesta and Commissioner Linder’s offices.

After lunch, Amy Moyle gave an in-depth overview of the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport. The class was able to learn about their funding, clients and upcoming expansion projects. “The Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport is a hidden gem of Brazoria County and provides a much needed service to the many oil and gas industries in Brazoria County,” stated class member Preston Phillips.

The day ended with a tour an overview and tour of Port Freeport. Michael Wilson, Director of Economic Development for the port, explained the tremendous economic impact that Port Freeport has on the entire region. Lisa Riley, Marketing and Public Relations Supervisor, was able to take the class into the port for a tour and highlighted the ports $17.9 billion economic impact in Texas.

The Leadership Pearland Class of 2014-2015 consists of: Brian Castille (Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc.), Donna Coneley (Memorial Hermann), Fay Watson (Keep Pearland Beautiful), Jacob Williamson (Frost Bank), Jim Johnson (Pearland Chamber of Commerce), Kevin Murphy (Triad Retail Construction), Mark Smith (The Law Office of Mark Smith, PLLC), Marylyn Harris (Harrland Healthcare), Preston Phillips (Amegy Bank), Rodney Porter (Kelsey Seybold Clinic), Seth Thompson (AG CM, Inc.), Wendy Del Bello (Alvin Community College) and Clay Herndon (Freese and Nichols, Inc.).

The Leadership Pearland class will continue to meet monthly to discuss other aspects of leadership, including an in-depth exploration of city government, our education in Pearland, Brazoria County leaders, a trip to the Texas legislature and our nation’s capitol in May. These events will move the class toward completing the objectives to develop and form relationships, stimulate understanding of forces affecting the development of the community, learn the history of Pearland, and promote involvement of the class members in a range of civic and community affairs.

For more information regarding Leadership Pearland, please contact Carol Artz-Bucek, President/CEO at [email protected]

As the voice of business, the Pearland, TX Chamber of Commerce’s Mission: Support business. Promote growth.

The Pearland Chamber of Commerce is located in The Commerce Center, 6117 Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. For more information call 281-485–3634.

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