Hurd on the Hill: Hitting the Road in August

July 25, 2016
Hurd on the Hill: Local Columns
Coming to a Town Near You

The best part of my job is meeting with families across the district. Each town, from San Antonio to El Paso, and every place in between, has their own flavor and charm, not to mention, some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. When not working in DC, I’m traveling to one of these towns in the twenty-nine counties in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, to meet with constituents and learn about the issues most important to them. Sometimes I stop in a half-dozen or more towns before flying back to DC on Monday. Why is this so important? Because my job is to serve as your Representative, and hearing from you face-to-face makes me more effective.

This is why I look forward to August recess all year, so that I can hit the road with my team and meet with folks all month long. This year, I am hosting two sets of public meetings during the first half of August. The Tech2Town Summer Road Trip will be held in San Elizario and Van Horn on Wednesday, August 3; Alpine, Fort Stockton and Sonora on Thursday, August 4; and Del Rio on August 5, where I will bring computer professionals to provide free computer and internet training as part of a larger initiative to inspire STEM education, careers, and entrepreneurship. These workshops will be open to the public – all are welcome!

To have a qualified workforce, we must ensure access to technology education and development for all ages and abilities—and not just in the big cities like San Antonio and El Paso—but in all of our hard-working communities. Prioritizing education initiatives like Tech2Town will help create a diverse 21st century workforce, drive technological advancement and innovation across every industry, and allow Texans to be more competitive in the global arena. Get the full details on these workshops by visiting Hurd.House.gov/Tech2Town or calling 210-921-3130.

DC2DQ, my meet and greet series at local Dairy Queens throughout the district, was a hit last summer, so we’re continuing the tradition. I will be hosting DC2DQ Part II from August 8 through12 with stops in twenty-three Texas towns. Just like last year, each meeting will be open to the public, and be an opportunity for me to hear your questions and concerns directly, along with providing you an update on what I’m working on back home and in Washington to keep us safe, grow the economy, and increase opportunity across the district. It has been an eventful year, so count on many lively and insightful conversations.

We are still finalizing all the exact details for DC2DQ Part II. We will be in Helotes, Somerset, Castroville and Hondo on Sunday, August 7 and then Devine, Pearsall, Dilley and Cotulla on Monday, August 8. On Tuesday, August 9, you’ll find us in Uvalde, Crystal City, Carrizo Springs and Eagle Pass, before heading to Del Rio, Sonora, Ozona and Big Lake on Wednesday, August 10. Destinations include Crane, Monahans, Kermit and Pecos on Thursday, August 11, and we’ll wrap things up on Friday, August 12 in Presidio, Alpine and Fort Stockton. You can visit Hurd.House.gov/DC2DQ or call 210-921-3130 for more information.

In order to represent you to the best of my ability, regular feedback from your community is essential. I encourage you to share the upcoming opportunities with your neighbors and friends, so we can make this year’s DC2DQ even better than the last. Looking forward to meeting you soon!