Irving City Leaders Head to Austin

Transportation, education among the city's priorities

The city of Irving will make a big appearance at the state Capitol on Tuesday.

A group of more than 80 people, including City Manager Tommy Gonzalez and Mayor Beth Van Duyne, will spend the day in Austin addressing their top priorities with state leaders.

"It's the one day the Legislature focuses on our city and our needs," Gonzalez said. "I think it's important to get those across to them and have the citizens' voices heard."

One of the top agenda items is transportation.

"[State Highways]183, 114 continued funding and making sure we keep those projects on track -- those are some of the local things we'll be pushing for and we'll be advocating for," said Jason Simon, the chamber of commerce's director of legislative advocacy and media.

Another priority is education.

"I think we're able to draw more businesses that really are looking to grow and they're looking to have a good work force here, and you can't say enough about our education system, so we need to continue to fund those systems," Gonzalez said.

He said he hoped the one-on-one and small group sessions would result in their thoughts being heard.

Simon said Tuesday would be declared Irving Day in Austin, with a House resolution read on the floor of the House by Rep. Linda Harper Brown.

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