LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Texas' Secretary of State Rolando Pablos made a stop in Lufkin Today to talk to the Texas Forest Country Partnership and other leaders as part of the state's new rural economic plan.
Pablos addressed the crowd of several hundred in a special luncheon where he looked to see how the state can improve the economy in the rural, non-urban areas.
"We have seen a lot of growth over the past several years in the urban areas," Pablos said. "That is great but governor Abbott and myself want to improve the rural area to so they are not left out."
Pablos is not just focusing on the Pineywoods. His office is also looking at areas in the panhandle, far west Texas, the Valley and the red river region. Despite a few tough years in Lufkin, Pablos said there is plenty of room for economic growth in the region.
"This is certainly a resource rich area and I think this part of Texas has a lot of water it can make available to not only manufacturers but other areas that require high levels of water," Pablos said.
After meeting in Lufkin, he traveled to Hemphill and Jasper to conclude his trip in the Pineywoods.
More on the work of Pablos can be found here.