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MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman John Ratcliffe to Announce Important Economic Development Initiative

Posted: 05/10/2017
Author: Ashley Byrd



Congressman John Ratcliffe to Announce Important Economic Development Initiative

Announcement Comes During National Economic Development Week

Military budgets have continued to tighten, affecting operational levels at military instillations and the economy of the greater Texarkana area. To thrive in this environment, defense contractors can no longer rely on their classic business models. Winning defense contracts will require an increasingly more adaptive and entrepreneurial approach to contracting. This new approach will call for a commitment to building business partnerships, training of local workers in 21st century workplace skills, and using business assistance tools to help lower the cost of operations. Having access to defense industry support tools for our local companies will only enhance the attractiveness of the greater Texarkana area, especially should the White House administration be successful at growing the defense budget over the coming years.



Press conference to Announce New Economic Development Tool at TexAmericas Center



U.S. Congressman John Ratcliffe, Texas's 4th Congressional District

Herbert Austin, District Director, Small Business Administration



Thursday, May 11th 2017 at 2:30 p.m.



Texas National Guard Armory

US Army Reserve Center

Armory Drive, New Boston, TX 75570

(Outside of the RRAD Commercial Truck Entrance)


From Texarkana: Take I-30 West to Exit 206 (Spur 86 / TexAmericas Center Exit); Turn Left onto Spur 86, Proceed South to US 82 and Turn Right,

Follow Signage to RRAD Commercial Truck Entrance, Turn Left onto Armory Dr

Driving directions and map are attached



Launch initiative to enhance the attractiveness of the greater Texarkana area through promoting economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities.



For more information, contact Robbin Bass, Aide for Representative Ratcliffe at 903-823-3173, or Eric Voyles, Executive Vice President, CEDO with TexAmericas Center at 903-223-9841.