Graham Meets With Tallahassee Business Leaders

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She's making a list and checking it twice.

As Christmas approaches, Congresswoman-elect Gwen Graham is getting a list of projects and ideas from the local business community.

There's a $47-million dollar plan to build an I-10 interchange.

The idea is to relieve traffic congestion in northeast Tallahassee.

And leaders with the Greater Chamber of Commerce told Graham there will be new business and housing opportunities if she can help cut through federal red tape.

"Mayor Gillum mentioned this to me as a big priority," Graham said.

NAI Talcor's Ed Murray, who hosted the meeting, also told Graham Tallahassee's Airport needs the international designation to create job opportunities.

"And that's a matter of getting it in the process and helping us push it through or you pushing it through and us helping you," Murray said.

"The service in the airport has been an issue for I can't remember when it hasn't been an issue," Graham replied.

Other requests included grants for training commercial truck drivers, more federally backed residency programs at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, getting the additional federally offered Medicaid funding and help with the new Veterans Administration Clinic.

Graham was also questioned about immigration reform.

"I think that I would like to analyze what's been proposed so far and look towards a process that secures our borders and those that are here already are at the front of the line," Graham said.

Graham plans similar meetings with business leaders in Bay, Gadsden and Jackson counties.

Graham says she's building relationships with both Republican and Democratic members of Congress to help get her growing list of issues addressed.

News Release: Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
December 8, 2014

TALLAHASSEE – The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable discussion with Congresswoman-Elect Gwen Graham during today’s meeting of its Business Advocacy Committee. The influential Committee, comprised of small business owners, CEOs and representatives from FSU, Florida A&M and TCC, had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Congresswoman-Elect Graham about issues impacting local businesses and the community in Florida’s Capital City.

“It was an honor having Congresswoman-Elect Graham meet with our Business Advocacy Committee on the first stop of her jobs tour, and to provide our members with the opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions for improving our region’s quality of life,” said Chamber Chair Rick Moore of Moore Bass Consulting. “Congresswoman-Elect Graham is focused on creating jobs, improving infrastructure and helping our community succeed, and we are eager to continue working with her on behalf of our members and the entire business community.”

The Committee met with Congresswoman-Elect Graham for more than an hour and discussed issues such as healthcare, enhancing research and training programs, importance of our local higher education institutions and federal support for projects that will create jobs.

“This is the first stop on my jobs tour of North Florida and it was great to hear from local business owners in Leon County about what challenges and opportunities they are facing,” said Congresswoman-Elect Graham. “I look forward to taking the important comments and requests that I received today with me to Congress in support of Florida's Capital City."

News Release: Gwen Graham Press Office
December 8, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At the roundtable, Graham met with small business owners and members of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to discuss economic growth and job creation in North Florida.

“On today’s jobs tour, business owners didn’t talk about being Democrats or Republicans — they discussed ways that government and businesses can work together to grow the economy and create jobs," Graham said. “I’m going to bring that same message to Washington. It’s time for Congress to set partisanship aside and work together.”

After the Leon County roundtable, Rick Moore, chair of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, said, “By holding a jobs tour before even being sworn into office, Gwen Graham is sending a clear message to the North Florida business community that she is going to prioritize job creation and economic development.”

During the roundtable, Graham pledged to work with Democrats and Republicans to enact her 5-Point Economic Plan:

  • Fighting to put North Florida first by leveraging regional and local resources to spur job creation;
  • Helping middle class families through initiatives like equal pay and increasing the minimum wage;
  • Breaking the gridlock in Washington to get Congress focused on growing the economy;
  • Investments in education and job training;
  • Supporting small businesses in North Florida by closing loopholes for corporations and ending bad trade deals.

    Graham will continue her North Florida jobs tour with stops in Jackson County tonight, Bay County on Tuesday and Gadsden County on Wednesday.

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