Government Affairs Council

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council is comprised of local business leaders, board members and interested citizens who inform the Chamber’s stances on policy issues that affect the business community.

The GAC monthly meetings provide members the opportunity to meet and mingle with policy makers and engage civic leaders in meaningful dialogue surrounding key issues.

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Texas Workforce Commissioner Treviño Addresses GAC

Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor Alberto Treviño III addressed more than 50 community business leaders during March’s Government Affairs Council meeting.

Treviño, a Harlingen native, was appointed January 2023 by Governor Gregg Abbott. During the GAC lunch meeting, he spoke about the role the Rio Grande Valley has in Texas workforce. Some of his priorities include occupational and vocational training to develop a stronger workforce and education efforts with young children to prepare them for various occupations.

TWC is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers. Three full-time commissioners are appointed to the TWC by Governor Abbott, one each representing employers, labor, and the public. Together, they oversee the functioning of the TWC and develop agency policy.

Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson was also in attendance and took time to applaud the McAllen Chamber’s efforts through its Public Policy department, “Success happens when you combine workforce, economic development and education.”

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McAllen Citizens League

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce partners up with McAllen Citizens League to host meetings that provide educational, informative presentations and events covering current affairs.

This includes discussions on civic matters, history and other current topics. The organization is non-sectarian, non-partisan and does not endorse political candidates.

MCL meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month. Lunch is available for an additional fee.

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