Lawton/Ft.Sill business leaders meet with Oklahoma and military leaders in D.C.

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Local business leaders are hoping to spur new opportunity after spending a few days in our nation’s capital. They met with military leaders and the Oklahoma congressional delegation.

Lawton/Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce chairman Albert Johnson Jr. said, “We’re doing this to make our community better. These are business leaders that are committed to making Lawton/Ft. Sill better, and I’m confident that we’re going to see the fruits of this labor.”

This annual trip to Washington, D.C. puts dozens of local business leaders in front of elected officials like Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), and Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

The group wants continued investment in Fort Sill so money flows into the community.

Johnson said, “You can do email and you can do phone calls, but truly face to face and those opportunities you have outside of meetings to really solidify those relationships.”

Inhofe said, “When they come in with a group like they have, 40 people or so from Lawton, they know that they really care a lot.”

The Lawton/Ft Sill Chamber of Commerce sees new opportunities for their community through the military.

Mike Brown said, “They’re looking at high tech ways to meet their goals, and so we’re trying to work with them to create high tech jobs in Lawton Oklahoma.”

While no new projects are announced, members say they feel confident in the military’s continued commitment to Fort Sill and Lawton.

Edward Hillary Jr., of Hillary Communications, said, “I think we leave here more excited about what Ft. Sill is doing, more excited about the advancement Lawton has and the opportunities Lawton has.”

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