Washington, D.C. Advocacy
Each year, the Chamber president takes a trip to Washington D.C. to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters. While in Washington D.C. our leadership meets with U.S. Chamber officials as well as U.S. Congressmen to discuss pertinent issues to the Southeast Texas region.
After Hurricane Rita made landfall on the Texas/Louisiana border in 2005, a partnership with the Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce was formed. After sharing in the destruction and the aftermath of Rita, both regions, Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, saw the potential to join together and become a more visible presence to lobby for federal support in Washington D.C. This relationship grew stronger and continues to be a prominent one. Since 2005, the Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce has joined the group from the Golden Triangle to Washington D.C. for the annual trip.
Additionally, Regina Lindsey serves as chair for International Economic Development Council's (IEDC) Public Policy Advisory Council. In this role she leads efforts for the organization's annual federal forum and participates in IEDC's annual White House Economic Development Forum. Both activities bring her in contact with high-ranking administrative agency leaders. these relationships are vital to advocating for our region.