WASHINGTON, D.C. (Gray D.C. Bureau) - Local business leaders are hoping to spur new opportunity after spending a few days in our nation’s capital. They met with military leaders and the Oklahoma congressional delegation.
“We’re doing this to make our community better," Lawton/Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce chairman Albert Johnson Jr. said. "These are business leaders that are committed to making Lawton/Ft. Sill better, and I’m confident that we’re going to see the fruits of this labor.”
This annual trip to Washington, D.C. puts dozens of local business leaders in front of elected officials like Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), and Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK).
The group wants continued investment in Fort Sill so money flows into the community.
“You can do email and you can do phone calls, but truly face to face and those opportunities you have outside of meetings to really solidify those relationships,” Johnson said.
“When they come in with a group like they have, 40 people or so from Lawton, they know that they really care a lot,” Inhofe said.
The Lawton/Ft Sill Chamber of Commerce sees new opportunities for their community through the military.
“They’re looking at high tech ways to meet their goals," Mike Brown of FIRES Patriots said. "So we’re trying to work with them to create high tech jobs in Lawton Oklahoma.”
While no new projects are announced, members say they feel confident in the military’s continued commitment to Fort Sill and Lawton.
“I think we leave here more excited about what Ft. Sill is doing, more excited about the advancement Lawton has and the opportunities Lawton has,” Edward Hillary Jr., of Hillary Communications, said.