District Connection - 8/26/13
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
I want to thank all of you who were able to attend one of my town hall meetings last week. We had four fantastic events where folks from all across the 7th District joined me to discuss the challenges facing America. I am grateful to you for your feedback, and I look forward to taking your ideas and concerns back to Washington, D.C.
While we were able to touch on many topics during these forums, I realize that we can never answer everyone's questions. That's why my door is always open to you. If you have additional ideas to share or weren't able to attend, you can find me anytime with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A great crowd attends the Town Hall Meeting in Lawrenceville on August 22nd
MARCUS AUTISM CENTER: MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IN GEORGIA
I had the priviledge of visiting the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta last week, and I met with amazing health professionals who are striving every day to enhance the quality of life of children with autism and their families. The Marcus Center has been treating autism since 1991 and has helped over 37,000 individuals in that time. Since becomming a National Institutes of Health recognized Center of Excellence, and joining the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta family, Marcus has been able to develop a new early detection program that will help physicians diagnose autism in children as young as 6 months old so that appropriate treatments and interventions can be started right away. This new program could change the way we deal with autism in this nation, and for so many families, that would be an immeasurable blessing.
I will be working with the folks at Marcus to get a better understanding of where the government is already spending money on autism related research and care, and together, we'll find out how to do better for patients and taxpayers.
VISITING WITH YOU WHERE YOU ARE
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the regular meetings of the North Gwinnett Kiwanis Club, the Duluth Rotary, and the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce, among others. Community organizations like these make up the bedrock of our communities. They support our local schools, our churches, and our civic events all year long. Given how hard these groups work to build and improve our communities, their stories -- our stories -- can transform hearts and minds in Washington. Being a better listener here in Georgia makes me a better teacher in D.C.
If you are a member of a community organization that is interested in sharing your group's story or interested in hearing about what is happening at the U.S. Capitol, please contact my office and invite me to visit with you. I welcome the opportunity to partner with you.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: THE GWINNETT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Last Thursday I joined the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce for their General Membership Luncheon, which preceded the Gwinnett Chamber’s Business Expo and Job Fair. New Chamber President Daniel Kaufman gave his inaugural speech to the membership and he has a fantastic vision for small businesses in Gwinnett. The Gwinnett Daily Post did a good story on the speech which you can read here. You may have heard his name before as he took the reins of Georgia Gwinnett College when they opened their doors in 2006, the first four-year public college established in Georgia in over 100 years. Under his leadership GGC has seen tremendous success, and with over 21,000 small businesses in Gwinnett county, I am hopeful that he will find the same success in his new post.
At the end of the luncheon I was honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the Spirit of Enterprise Award, an award they give members who cast votes that promote a healthy and vibrant economy for small businesses to thrive. I am tremendously appreciative of this recognition, though I know it is local businesses and entrepreneurs, not Congress, that deserve the real credit for our growing economy and new jobs for working families.
HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP: CUMMING-FORSYTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Last Friday I had the opportunity to participate in the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce roundtable about the impact of the President's health care bill on local businesses. Attendees represented large businesses, small businesses, health care providers, and more. The President's bill is affecting them now and they expect that it will affect them even more in the future. Far more powerful than any rhetoric coming out of Washington are the real life stories told by these hard-working members of our community, and they must be heard. If you haven't been affected yet, you will be. Please share your story with me to help me craft a path forward for the 7th District.
To be clear, I want to see Obamacare repealed, and I have voted time and time again to do just that. Until that day comes, however, I will continue to target those most damaging parts of the law one at a time and work with our community businesses and families to navigate this law. Changes are happening quickly, so please feel free to contact me at email@example.com any time for the latest information.
Rep. Rob Woodall at the Healthcare Rountable in Cumming on August 23rd.
Thank you for all of the time and energy that you invest in me, our community, and our nation.