There are a number of ways to be able to grow District 21. For one, we need options for the citizens to get the training they need to be successful. Bryan County has Kiamichi Vo-Tech and South Eastern Oklahoma State University. Marshall County has an OSU extension but that is it. We need to add a Vo-Tech for Marshall County that will be able to give people the skills that businesses are looking for. We also need to continue to grow our relationship with both the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes. The success of those two tribes will have a direct impact on District 21. We also need to think outside the box on how to bring new business to District 21. With that being said, under no circumstances do I support a Tax Increment Funding (TIF) or bond to attract business.
District 21 is home to one of the most beautiful lakes and we need to showcase our lake and we need to work with both the State Tourism and the Chickasaw tribe to continue what has been started. The Chickasaw tribe needs to build the resort/casino they have been talking about for 3 years and the State Tourism needs to upgrade our facilities in the actual State Park. The boat ramps are in poor shape and the restrooms are in desperate need of repair. With some work by the state of Oklahoma, Lake Texoma can again become the number one state park here. I will work with my colleagues in both the State House and State Senate to make sure that our Lt. Governor and the rest of the Tourism and Rec treat us like we should be treated.
As Lake Texoma grows, so will District 21. We all know the lake and state park are our main source of tourism. It's time to put pressure on the State Tourism and Recreation to treat us like they do Lake Murray and several other state parks in Oklahoma. We can not afford our State Park to become privatized and lose out on the revenue that it generates.