On Feb. 25, more than 350 individuals, including business, government, and community leaders representing the Golden Triangle region of Texas and including members of the Greater Beaumont, Greater Port Arthur, Orange area, Vidor, Bridge City, Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves Chambers of Commerce headed to Austin for three days of education and advocacy.

The event, known as Golden Triangle Days in Austin, included meetings with state officials, legislative and regulatory briefings, recognition in the Texas House and Senate, and a popular Cajun-themed legislative reception and concert.

The delegates had a full schedule of forums including issues on Most having to do with roads, the budget process, the budget process and budget cuts.

“We had a forum on transportation that brought us up to date on the different programs available through TXDOT for road renovations, new road buildings,” County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said.

The Orange County delegates met with the legislatures and had private discussions about the redistricting issue at hand.

“Of course we discussed some of the involving redistricting with our local representative,” Thibodeaux said. “They still don’t know how the redistricting is going to work as of yet. It’s still a major issue because of [several] areas lost a lot of population just like Orange County did. We lost a lot of population.”

“[Texas] Attorney [General Greg] Abbott spoke to us at a lunch break [about the issues the State is having with the federal government,” Thibodeaux said. “The State of Texas is filing a suit on the Obama Care. They also filed some paperwork against the [Environment Protection Agency] because everytime Texas meets the Clean Air mandate, the EPA raises the [requirements] to where we’ve got to try to reach another level.”

When asked if the Golden Triangle Days were successful, Thibodeaux responded: “It is always successful when you get to visit with your legislature.”