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Senator Jeff Mullis, Georgia
Chair, SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee, 2014-15


Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky
Vice Chair, SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee, 2014-15


Senator Bill Sample, Arkansas
Immediate Past Chair, SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee

Committee Liaison

Sujit CanagaRetna
SLC Senior Fiscal Analyst

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee

The topics explored by the Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee include a number of critical issues relevant to the progress and advancement of the Southern region. As the Southern states continue to diversify their economies, the Committee has studied a number of issues to further its understanding of this diversification process. In addition, the Committee has focused on exploring the role of the arts as a catalyst for economic growth and the fact that a thriving cultural scenario is an important consideration in the relocation and expansion plans of corporations. The Committee also focuses on such issues as federal transportation plans and their implications for Southern states; competition among states to attract economic investment; attracting and retaining high-tech investment; promoting Southern state exports; high speed rail in the South; promoting biotechnology; federal surface transportation plans and the successor to ISTEA.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Tours the Port of Mobile

Left to right: Jonathan Grate, Legislative Analyst, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky; Senator Bill Sample, Arkansas; Sujit CanagaRetna, Senior Fiscal Analyst, SLC, Georgia; and Eric Sherman, Regional State Liaison, Department of Defense, Southeast Region.

The SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee toured the Port of Mobile on July 30, 2013, during the 67th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference, held in Mobile, Alabama. The technical tour featured briefings on the economic impact of the Port, recently introduced infrastructure upgrades, the cruise ship industry’s impact on the Port, preparations for the Panama Canal expansion and the role the Port has played to attract an impressive roster of multination corporations – including Airbus, Thyssen-Krupp, AUSTAL, Hyundai, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda – in recent years. The tour also included a short water excursion.

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