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Third House Session held at library, February 14

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2015

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce held its Third House Legislative Session at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, February 14. The session had a packed room with more than 60 individuals attending.

The session featured State Senators Amanda Banks and Travis Holdman along with Dan Leonard, 50th District State Representative; Mayor Brooks Fetters and County Commissioner Larry Buzzard. Those in attendance heard from the elected officials about city, county and state government activities.

Education was the hot topic for the morning. Several individuals were interested in increased funding for charter schools including the voucher system and more. Career and technical education (CTE) was also a topic of conversation. All agreed that CTE education is very important to the manufacturing sector and many of those individuals are making more money than those who have received a four year degree.

Questions for the local elected officials revolved around downtown revitalization, the former Lehman building and how to keep the city moving forward. Commissioner Buzzard was asked questions about Apex Clean Energy and the proposed wind farms, the wind ordinance and the Hoosier Heartland Corridor. The corridor includes the four miles of two lane highway on 900N between the GM plant and the Town of Roanoke. Many other questions were asked and several stayed around after the session to have one-on-one conversations with the officials.

The moderator of the session was John Niederman, president, Pathfinder Services. The session was free and the public was invited to attend.

Officials shown in the photo from left are Mayor Brooks Fetters; State Senator Travis Holdman; State Representative Dan Leonard; County Commissioner Larry Buzzard and State Senator Amanda Banks. John Niederman, president Pathfinder Services and moderator for the event, is at the far right.