Chamber of Commerce
 On The Record
August 5, 2018
Contents
Chamber Calendar
Critical Position Opening
Looking For Workers
RRVA
SBA
Save the Date - LEAP
Miller County
Articles for Review
Joint City Meeting
Senator John Boozman
Senator John Cornyn
Senator Tom Cotton
Senator Ted Cruz
Governor Greg Abbott
Governor Asa Hutchinson
Texas Attorney General
Arkansas Attorney General
Arkansas Secretary of State
Federal Reserve
Texas Workforce Commission
Job Training Grant
Business Articles
Texarkana Gazette
Odds & Ends
Tip of the Top Hat
CALENDAR
 
RIBBON CUTTINGS
    Texarkana Care Clinic
Thursday, August 30  
4:30 PM
300 E 7th St, Texarkana, AR

SPEED NETWORKING
Tuesday, August 7|11:30-1:30 PM
Silver Star Smokehouse
5205 West Park Dr, Texarkana, TX
$20 per person
REGISTRATION AND FEE DUE BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD
Register with Alyssa,   
   
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS
Hosted by  
Ross & Shoalmire, LLP
Elder Law Attorneys 
Friday, August 17  
8:00-9:00 AM
The Collins Home
1915 Olive St,  
Texarkana, TX
John Ross and Lisa Shoalmire will discuss 
'Diverting Disaster! -  
Planning for the 4 D's
 Be the Blessing Bakery will cater the continental breakfast
 
NORTHEAST TEXAS DAYS
Austin, Texas
February 26, 27, 28, 2019
Hotel Reservations Available
 
IMMEDIATE CRITICAL POSITION OPENING
Texarkana Federal Correction Institution
JOB OPENINGS - NEEDED IMMEDIATELY
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Smith-Blair , a Xylem brand, i s seeking a Controller to join their team in Texarkana, AR. Position description is available. Apply at this location.  
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Arconic (formerly Alcoa)
seeking applicants for the following:
Plant Manager
EHS Coordinator
Requisition Number 23311BR: Plant Manager - Texarkana
Requisition Number 23975BR: EHS Coordinator (Texarkana)
Requisition Number 24087BR: Electrician (Texarkana)
Requisition Number 24088BR: Entry Level Production (Texarkana)
Interested in applying or know someone who would make a great fit for Arconic?
Arconic employees can go to Arconic Employee Job Site
External applicants can apply here: http://careers.arconic.com/
 
Apply here 


LOOKING FOR WORKERS????
If you have vacancies, or your company is in need of a specific skill.....send an email to the Red River Army Depot Transition Center.  
If they have affected employees with those qualifications, they can refer them to you.
RRVA
Water Resource Conference
RRVA Oklahoma 8th Annual 
Water Resource Conference
 Wednesday, 22 August 2018
The Artesian Hotel
1001 West 1st Street
Sulphur, Oklahoma
 Registration & Room Reservation Information
The Agenda will be Published Soon

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
SBA
Choosing which business structure is right for you is a crucial step when starting a  
 
SBA Training
Legal Requirements for Small Business
As a small business owner, do you know  
 
Have you ever thought about managing a franchise? If so, then this introductory  
 
You have a great vision for a business venture, but may not know where to start.
 
Get an overview of franchising, as well as how to determine if franchising is right for


WORKFORCE - MEETING THE NEED

SAVE THE DATE!!!
2018 LEAP Youth Career Expo
SAVE THE DATE - for the 2018 LEAP Youth Career Expo - September 7th - Texarkana TX Convention Center
 
The LEAP Expo helps area 8th grade students make a connection between careers and the endorsement decision they make prior to entering high school.  Employers can REGISTER HERE 


 
MILLER COUNTY ARKANSAS
Miller County Holiday Schedule 
Monday, Sep. 3, 2018  :  Labor Day
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018  :  Columbus Day
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018  :  Veteran's Day
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018  :  Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 23, 2018  :  Day after Thanksgiving
Monday, Dec. 24, 2018  :  Christmas Eve
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018  :  Christmas
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019  :  New Year's Day
Welcome to "On The Record"
 
This is a weekly publication of the Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce.  We will be presenting information on public policy, governmental meetings, and issues of business concern.  Our Mission is "To lead and advocate for sustainable economic growth and prosperity for our region ."  Our goal is to provide you with information to empower your engagement.  Thank you for your partnership with the Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce.
ARTICLES TO REVIEW
* JOINT CITY MEETING
* LEAP
* TEXAS WAGES REPORT
JOINT CITY MEETING 
The Texaskana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce will facilitate their quarterly Joint Texarkana City panel on Tuesday, August 7th, 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Council of Governments Building on Eliabeth Street, Texarkana, Texas.  The them of the session will be 'Our Local Treasurers" (see agenda).  Presenters will include planning depts  of both cities, the theater, MainStreet, museums, and orchestra.  The meeting  is open to the public.

TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS 
Governmental Meetings  
August 6th, 6:00 pm, City Hall  Agenda 
August 7th, 3:00 pm, Joint City Meeting, Council of Governments Building, Agenda 
 
 
TEXARKANA, TEXAS
Governmental Meetings 
August 6, 3:00 pm Planning and Zoning Meeting, City Hall  
August 7th, 3:00 pm Joint City Meeting, Council of Governments Building, Agenda 
August 13, 6:00 pm City Council, City Hall
August 27, 6:00 pm City Council, City Hall 
UNITED STATES SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN 
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) met with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and released the following statement in support of his nomination to serve on the Supreme Court
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after being named a Senate conferee to the Farm Bill conference committee between the House and Senate
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, advocated for much-needed improvements to veterans' healthcare during a
UNITED STATES SENATOR JOHN CORNYN 
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) slammed Democrats' document demands on Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a stall tactic. The attendees
Cornyn: Democrat Document Demands About Stalling, Not Vetting, Judge Kavanaugh
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) noted that despite Democrats' stall tactics and demands for millions of documents from throughout Judge  
What the Defense Bill Means for Texas
The final John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 conference report passed the Senate, and it will now head to the President's desk for  
Cornyn Bill to Modernize CFIUS Review Process Heads to President's Desk
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) as a part of the  
U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry (TX-13) released the following statements after their legislation to rename the 
UNITED STATES SENATOR TOM COTTON  
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on news reports that Google is considering creating a search  
Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced The Restoring the Armed Career Criminal Act of 2018, legislation that will  
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement after meeting with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh
UNITED STATES SENATOR TED CRUZ
Chairs hearing centered on NASA and scientific discoveries in the search for life beyond Earth
Introduces bill to repeal mandate requiring charities, churches, and traditionally tax-exempt organizations to pay federal taxes on employee fringe benefits
'The Senate has once again fulfilled our first responsibility: equipping our servicemen and women, and ensuring the defense of this nation'
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to adopt his amendment to the minibus appropriations bill, which would protect the right of  
'This bill will help our great nation to maintain and fortify its leadership in space and pursue further space exploration opportunities'
Participates in hearing examining challenges facing the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, and U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry released statements after their legislation to rename the federal building and courthouse in Amarillo the "J.  
TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABOTT 
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Abraham Mathew to the Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on  
Governor Greg Abbott has named Ruth Ruggero Hughs chair of the Texas Workforce Commission.
Governor Abbott names chair and appoints seven to Upper Colorado River Authority Board Of Directors
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dietrich M. Von Biedenfeld and Marc K. Whyte to the Public Transportation Advisory Committee for terms to expire at the pleasure of the Governor.
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed James Perry "J.P." Bryan, Jr. and Charles "Fritz" Kuebler to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Galveston County Ports for terms set to  
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed John M. Prewitt and Paul R. Scott and reappointed Brett H. Graham to the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for 
ARKANSAS GOVERNOR ASA HUTCHINSON 
Governor Announces 2018 Agriculture Tour, Six Counties in Two Days to Meet with Arkansas Farmers. Discussions to focus on export markets and rural highways, among other topics
 
Governor Hutchinson Issues Statement Praising Year-Over-Year Savings Released in Latest DHS Quarterly Report Total Spending for all of Medicaid is $22 million lower than SFY 2017
 
Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments
TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON
Request for Opinion #RQ-0240-KP: Whether a county may provide funding to a school district for grounds maintenance, a library, and law enforcement and funding to a hospital district for purchase of a mental health facility.
 
   Request for Opinion #RQ-0241-KP: Whether a groundwater conservation district may define "agricultural crop" as "food or fiber commodities grown for resale of commercial purposes that provide food, clothing, or animal feed" and utilize that definition to determine the applicable fee rate for "irrigating agricultural crops"   
 
"Our military has used the cross as a symbol of military service for much of our nation's history, including at the time of the First Amendment's writing" Attorney General Paxton  
 
Leading a 10-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a response brief in U.S. District Court in advance of Wednesday's hearing where the states seek to end the  
ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL  LESLIE RUTLEDGE 
ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT:   
Preparation can Lower the Cost of Expensive Back-to-School Shopping
 
Parents across Arkansas have been gearing up and saving money for  
 
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and husband, Boyce Johnson,  announced the birth of their daughter, Julianna Carol Johnson. She was born July 27, 2018, weighing 5 pounds 15 ounces and 18.9 inches long. Julianna is the first  
 
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following the statement after U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker denied Planned Parenthood's motion for preliminary injunction  
 
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today welcomes United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Arkansas for President Donald J. Trump's Federal Commission on School  
 
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a training opportunity for law enforcement officers in northwest Arkansas on September 6. This is the second year  
ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE
Subcommittee One of the Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  The subcommittee will hear a presentation on the current status of the Gold  
 
UNITED STATES FEDERAL RESERVE  
 
Typical families saw their wealth decline after the last recession. But younger families suffered the most and have rebounded slowly.
 
Despite great qualifications, the job applicant didn't get hired.  Let's look at the  
 
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
The Texas Workforce Commission has published Request for Applications (RFA) 32018-00132 Pell Grant Ability to Benefit Capacity Building. You may view other Agency procurements on the Texas SmartBuy-Electronic State Business Daily Search webpage. It is not necessary to sign into the ESBD Search website to view the procurement.  You only need to enter the procurement number or the Agency name in the appropriate box on the screen and click on the Search button.
 
2017 OES Wages Now Available on Tracer
The Texas Workforce Commission's Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) department announced the 2017 occupational wage report. The report estimates hourly and annual wages for over 800 occupations statewide. If you received an Occupational Employment Statistics report, you are encouraged to complete the form and return it. For information on this call OES at 800-252-3616.
 
HIGH DEMAND JOB TRAINING GRANT AND TEXAS INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP GRANT PROGRAMS
As of August 1, 2018, the Texas Workforce Commission will be accepting applications for unspent funds for  the High Demand Job Training (HDJT) program and the Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) program. Read more.
BUSINESS ARTICLES OF INTEREST
BUDGET
State budget coffers boosted by sales tax growth, consumer spending in July by Wesley Brown
Arkansas budget coffers were flush with new revenue entering fiscal year 2019 as strong sales tax collections and a rise in car purchases reflected near across-the-
 
 
CONSTRUCTION
Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 1.1 percent in June, the biggest decline in more than a year as spending on public construction dropped at the highest rate in  
 
ECONOMY
The nation's economic engine accelerated substantially in the second quarter as consumer and government spending, along with a spike in U.S. exports ahead of  
 
US consumer confidence edges up in July by Paul Wiseman
Americans were a bit more confident about the economy in July, but their expectations for the near future dimmed slightly. The Conference Board, a business  
 
U.S. workers saw their annual wages and benefits rise in the second quarter at the fastest pace in nearly a decade, a sign that the low unemployment rate is forcing  
 
Consumer spending rose by a solid 0.4 percent in June, while a key gauge of inflation increased at an annual pace of 2.2 percent for a second straight month - the
 
EMPLOYMENT
Arkansas employers are well aware of how hard it is to find workers, especially in the trades. The latest analysis of U.S. Census data by Issi Romem, chief economist at  
 
Hiring slowed in July, with employers adding 157,000 jobs, the government reports this morning. The number was below expectations and down from the
 
by Christopher Rugaber
Employers pulled back on hiring in July, but the job gains were still enough to lower the U.S. unemployment rate a tick to 3.9 percent from 4 percent.
 
EPA
Democratic Senators grilled Andrew Wheeler over a draft proposal to freeze limits in model year 2020, against the wishes of California and 13 other states.  
 
FINANCE
The Trump administration is considering cutting capital gains taxes by $100 billion over 10 years by factoring in inflation. Treasure Secretary Steven Mnuchin says his  
 
GOVERNMENT
by Arkansas Business Staff 
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces appointments to boards and commissions.
 
Term Limits Amendment Could Lead To 80% Turnover In State Legislature by Steve Brawner
If voters approve a proposed term limits amendment this November, up to 62 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives and 23 senators will be serving  
 
 
By Hicham Raache
Senator Tom Cotton met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and pledged to support his nomination.

HOUSING
by Associated Press 
More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in June compared to May, but the volume of pending sales has slipped over the past year.
 
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Rob Portman and Ben Cardin want to revitalize the tax agency's structure and management.  
 
MILITARY
After years of failed efforts, lawmakers included a provision in the Defense authorization act to roll back a 2014 reduction in long- term travel reimbursements.
TEXARKANA GAZETTE
"Sides Agree on Non-Bias Clause" Karl Richter, July 28
"RRAD Eyes New Missions" Junius Stone, July 28
"Gov Abbott Taps Local Fre Regional Water Board" July 28
"Government Reports Brisk Economic Growth" Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press, July 28
"DeKalb Area Residents To Vice Opinions ON Creating Sixth Emergency Service District" July 28
"20/20 Vision" Editorial, July 29
"Taking Responsibility" Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press, July 29
"Eyeing Future, Riverbend Explores Water Plant Options" Jennifer Middleton July 30
"RRAD Hopes To Add New Vehicle To Maintenance Lineup" July 30
"Mayor Will Not Seek Re-Election" Karl Richter, July 31
"Young People Looking for Younger Leaders, AP/MTV Poll Reveals" The Associated Press, July 31
"Arkansas AG To Open Mobile Office August 14 in Ashdown, Arkansas" July 31
"Residents Hope To Stall Annexation" Karl Richter, August 2
"Ward 3 Director Decides To Run For Re-Election" Karl Richter, August 2, 2018
"Arkansas Panel Proposed Funding Changes" The Associated Press, August 2, 2018
"Ratcliffe Touts Work Efforts At RAD" Karl Richter, August 3
"UAHT Adds New Classes, Certification Programs" August 3, 2018
ODDS & ENDS
The U.S. Defense Department this week will take the first steps to create the Space Force, a new branch of the military ordered up by President Trump but not yet fully backed by Congress.
 
Your fingers could give you away
 
A man from the audience told this story: "My wife is an attorney, and I have always been a supporter of women in the workplace. I also believe
 
TIP OF THE TOP HAT
To Gazette capturing over 30 awards from the North and East Texas Press Association
A Welcome to Michael Odom, nw principal at Arkansas High School