Norfolk delegation in Washington to meet with federal department reps, members of congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Norfolk community and business leaders are in Washington , D.C. for three days this week to meet with departmental leaders and members of congress.  Norfolk Chamber of Commerce Director Dennis Houston (HOUSE-ton) says they’ll discuss several key issues including workforce and housing shortages as well as natural gas supply challenges.  Houston says this is the second consecutive year a Norfolk delegation as made the trip to Washington, which he says is a great way to make connections on a federal level.  Houston says the eight-member group includes: Northeast Community College President, Dr. Michael Chipps; NECC Vice Presiddent of Development and External Affairs, Dr. Tracy Kruse; City Administrator, Shane Widner; City Economic Development Director, Courtney Klein; Business leaders, Tom Schommer and Robert Dover; and community leader, J. Paul McIntosh.  The group is scheduled to meet with representatives from the USDA, the Economic Development Administration, the Department of Labor as well as all five members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation.