Never has any investor pumped so much money into a project for Nacogdoches County. Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English likes to be in on the big project. "This will be a $300 million investment. The largest investment."
It's a power plant designed to create electricity from wood chips. Naturally economic developers want to assure this project has a future market. English says, " Everybody is on a mission." English's trip to Austin was his first opportunity to testify in front of hundreds to a subcommittee and to meet privately in a legislator's office that could threaten necessary legislation.
English is learning from one of the best. NEDCO director Judy McDonald has years of experience in the state capitol. They worked together to see a Wayne Christian bill make it through the house. It strengthened the language of a previous bill to assure that power must be generated from the renewable wood source. McDonald described it as, " A cleanup bill. It's just saying not just would, but shall and the PUC was going to rule on it and move on with it. "