March 12, 2014
The Mustand Times
By Jon Watje
Governor Mary Fallin will be in Mustang on Friday to visit with Chamber of Commerce board members and city officials.
Mustang Chamber of Commerce Director Renee Peerman said the city received an opportunity to host the governor and will be inviting other area chamber boards to take part in the event.
"A liaison from the State Chamber offered us the opportunity and we decided to invite chamber directors from Yukon, El Reno, Piedmont and Tuttle to join us," Peerman said.
Gov. Fallin is scheduled to arrive in Mustang on Friday morning to have a private meeting with chamber executives and will then attend a luncheon where she will give a speech.
"My number one priority as governor is the creation and retention of good jobs in Oklahoma," Fallin said. "It’s important to hear from representatives from the business community, including chamber members, to ensure that the policies we are pursuing at the State Capitol are hitting the mark. I’m looking forward to a great meeting later this week."
Fallin is the first woman to be elected governor of Oklahoma. She currently serves as the chair of the National Governors Association, a bipartisan group representing all of the nation’s governors.
Prior to her election in 2011, Fallin served in a number of state and federal positions. She served two terms as a state representative before becoming Oklahoma’s first Republican and first woman lieutenant governor in 1995. From 2006 to 2010, she served as a member of the United States House of Representatives.
In subsequent legislative sessions, the governor signed into law a historic overhaul of the workers’ compensation system that will lower costs of businesses.
Peerman said she expects the Governor to talk about workforce development along with other issues during her time in Mustang.
"She will talk about her 2014 agenda," Peerman said. "This is a private function but we are also inviting our city officials to meet with her. We are very excited to have her here."
Mustang Mayor Jay Adams said he plans to attend the event.
"Anytime the Governor visits your city, it is an important event," Adams said. "I would like to talk to her about several issues that impact Mustang and some issues that could use some State understanding and help."