Foothills Regional Commission hosts 6th Annual Legislative Breakfast
Published 12:19 pm Friday, January 27, 2023
MILL SPRING–On January 23, Foothills Regional Commission hosted its 6th Annual Legislative Gathering at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Over 140 local leaders, community partners, and state and federal legislators representing the Foothills region gathered to discuss the most pressing issues.
This event provides local government officials from the four-county region an opportunity to join in conversation with legislative representatives from North Carolina’s General Assembly and the United States Congress. The event commenced with a welcoming statement from Foothills Board Chairman, Fred Baisden.
Following his introduction, attendees enjoyed brunch and continued discussions amongst themselves. As brunch came to a close, the representatives shared legislative updates regarding their jurisdictions.
Congressman Chuck Edwards from North Carolina’s 11th congressional district kicked off this year’s proceedings by introducing his state staff and providing updates on his new committee assignments.
Congressman Edwards was followed by updates from NC House Speaker Tim Moore (District 111), NC Senator Ted Alexander (District 44), NC Representative Kelly Hastings (District 110), and NC Representative Jake Johnson (District 113). The speakers discussed their priorities for the upcoming legislative session, including funding for broadband initiatives, transportation projects, and community revitalization efforts.
Following the updates, local leaders discussed the need for U.S. Highway 74 to receive an Interstate designation in order to stimulate economic progress in the region.
Additionally, the following individuals made an appearance at the event: Robin Ramsey, regional representative for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis; Tyler Teresa, regional representative for U.S. Senator Ted Budd; Brett Keeter, district director for Congressman Patrick McHenry (N.C. 10); and Roger Kumpf, regional director for Congressman Patrick McHenry.
This year’s legislative breakfast was the sixth time leaders from around the Foothills region congregated to discuss local member governments’ priorities and the ways in which Foothills Regional Commission can facilitate community and economic development.