Congressman Rogers Visits
Chambers County got a little taste of Washington, D.C. in the month of November, as two of Alabama’s most influential legislators paid a visit to the area.
United States Senator Jeff Sessions made a trip on November 13th to get an update on the progress being made in Chambers County. Local officials, including Mayors Leonard Riley of Valley and Kyle McCoy of Lanett and Chambers County Commission Chair Joe Blanks, gave Sessions a snapshot of what has occurred over the past year. Riley spoke about the pending purchase of a substantial amount of land for a new industrial park in Valley, while McCoy discussed improvements being made to downtown Lanett. Commissioner Blanks discussed the many paving projects that have been completed in the county and the new transportation plan the county has adopted. Both Riley and McCoy also talked about the effort to clean up mill sites in their respective cities.
Chambers County Development Authority Executive Director Valerie Gray provided Senator Sessions with an economic update on the county. Gray noted the county’s drastic decrease in unemployment and touted the success the CCDA has had in recruiting industry to the area.
Senator Session offered congratulations on the progress being made throughout the county and encouraged officials to keep up their good work. Before departing, Sessions gave a brief legislative update and spoke about the upcoming presidential election.
A little more than a week after Senator Sessions’ visit, United States Representative Mike Rogers spent the day in Chambers County. Rogers’ trip included stops EAMC-Lanier Hospital, Hantal Alabama, Toomer’s Coffee and Mr. Ice.
EAMC-Lanier is Chambers County’s biggest employer and EAMC CEO Terry Andrus led Rep. Rogers on a tour of the facility. Rogers learned about the Lanier Hospital merger with EAMC that took place two years ago and has been a great benefit to the hospital and Chambers County overall.
Before the visit to Hantal, Rogers met briefly with Chambers County Engineer Josh Harvill to discuss the recent progress with paving roadways that was been made thanks to Alabama’s ATRIP program.
Hantal Alabama is Chambers County’s newest industry, and Rogers got a chance to tour the new state-of-the-art plant located in the Chambers County Industrial Park in Cusseta. In addition to the tour, Rep. Rogers met with company officials and pledged his support on the federal level should the need ever arise.
After a stop at Toomer’s Coffee in Valley for lunch, Rep. Rogers concluded his day in Chambers County with a visit to the Mr. Ice facility in Lanett. Owner Mikey Givorns guided Rogers through his operation, which produces bagged ice that is sold throughout the southeast.
Rogers extended thanks to the Chambers County Development Authority for guiding the county tour and commended each business he visited for their success and efforts to continue growth in Chambers County.
U.S. Senator Jeff Session visited Chambers County in November and met with city and county leadership to discuss progress being made in the county.
U.S. Representative Mike Rogers toured several business and industries in Chambers County on during a visit last month. Above, Rogers speaks with EAMC-Lanier CEO Terry Andrus (right) and staff member while touring the hospital.