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EAST HARRIS COUNTY LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON: Hernandez voices need for regional solutions

L – R: State Rep. Mary Ann Perez, Sabrina Khan, Rep. Ana Hernandez, Rep. Armando Walle, Adrian Garcia and Amir Khan, CEO of Ashland Hospitality, Inc. (PHOTO BY ALLAN JAMAIL)

HOUSTON, TX — State Representative Hernandez (D-Houston) joined over 100 local business leaders, elected officials, and community members at the Holiday Inn in Channelview on Thursday, April 19. The event, the first of its kind in the region, was hosted by Amir Khan, CEO of Ashland Hospitality, Inc., and his wife Sabrina.

Other officials in attendance included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, State Representatives Armando Walle (D-Aldine) and Mary Ann Perez (DPasadena), Harris County Constable, Precinct 2 Constable Chris Diaz, and Jacinto City Mayor Ana Diaz. Attendees discussed the need for regional cooperation, pressing workforce needs, and the importance of strong leadership that recognizes those issues at all levels of government and in the private sector.

“Our region’s explosive growth cannot continue without proper investment in the infrastructure, workforce, and education needs local industries need met in order to continue to remain competitive globally. The days of narrow small scale approaches to meeting our economic challenges are over. We must work together as a region in East Harris County in order to provide the leadership and solutions necessary to continue growing and provide local businesses and families the opportunities they deserve,” Hernandez said.

Representative Hernandez has developed a strong reputation for advocating for improved job placement and workforce development. Last legislative session, she successfully passed legislation to help veterans with military occupational training find civilian jobs that utilize their skills in high-need local industries.