Public invited to legislative breakfast with Rep. Harper

Published 1:01 am Sunday, August 20, 2017


NATCHEZ — Washington is going through an interesting year, and a congressman will be in Natchez Monday to share his thoughts and answer questions.

Third District Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) is scheduled for a 7:30 to 9 a.m. legislative breakfast Monday at the Grand Hotel ballroom. The Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event.

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“Each August the legislators are out, and we try every couple of years to have a conversation with them so they can let us know what is going on,” Chamber President Debbie Hudson said. “This is definitely an interesting year. I’d love to hear how he sees things are going on in D.C.

“It also gives us an opportunity to ask questions and have a conversation.”

Harper is expected to give a 20-minute speech then be available for questions, Hudson said. Hudson said she expected one of the topics would be Interstate 14.

First proposed in 2005, the Interstate would come through Natchez on its path from Savannah, Ga., to El Paso, Texas. With President Donald Trump’s focus on infrastructure, some local leaders hope the project could receive green light in the near future.

Hudson said City of Natchez and Adams County leaders would also be present, as could other leaders in the community.

Moore Hallmark with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will also be present, and he will present Harper with the Spirit of Enterprise award for Harper’s pro-business voting record in congress.

The breakfast costs $10 at the door. Hudson said people do not have to buy breakfast to be present at the event. The Grand Hotel is located at 111 N. Broadway St.