Rainsville-Republican, State House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter has been elected vice chair of the Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) at the group’s 72nd annual meeting, he announced on Tuesday.
“For the past several years, Alabama has been among the leading states in job creation and economic development, and we were recently ranked by one respected magazine as having the best business climate in the nation,” Ledbetter said. “Given our recent successes, I am proud to serve as vice chair of a group that focuses its efforts on economic issues and related areas like infrastructure needs. It is my hope that this position will allow us to gather best practices in economic recruitment and industrial development and learn ways Alabama can build even further upon its already impressive growth.”
As vice chair, Ledbetter will assist the committee’s chair, Moss Point-Republican, Mississippi State Rep. Manly Barton, in guiding the committee’s policy focus and projects and shaping its 2019 annual meeting programming.
At the SLC meeting, the committee’s sessions focused on the importance of site selection for promoting growth; expanding apprenticeship programs; and effective economic development strategies in Missouri. Attendees also participated in a roundtable discussion on relevant updates from the 2018 state legislative sessions and had the opportunity to take part in a technical tour of Boeing St. Louis.
The SLC convened for its 72nd Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, July 21-25, as part of its mission to foster intergovernmental cooperation among its 15 member states. The meeting brought together more than 1,300 legislators, legislative staff and guests from across the South.