City leaders meet with young professionals to discuss Lubbock 20

City leaders meet with young professionals to discuss Lubbock 2040 plan

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals invited city leaders to participate in a panel discussion, so they could give input on what they want the city to look like going forward, specifically with the Lubbock 2040 Plan.

The comprehensive land use plan is focused on transportation, livability, and economic development.

"It's a two-way street. It's sharing what we would love to see, but it's also hearing from them what they are planning to do," Travis Barnett, incoming chairman of the Chamber's Young Professionals, said.

He said this group's goal is to grow into the Lubbock leaders of tomorrow, but one of the key is to also listen to the leaders of today.  

"Being able to be a part of the Chamber of Commerce gives us an awesome opportunity, as young professionals, to kind of create a link to other professionals, more successful business people, what we aspire to be, and people who are making these decisions now that we hope to make in the future," Barnett said.

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce President Eddie McBride said today's discussion is a great opportunity for these young professionals to shape Lubbock how they want it. 

"I think it's very important for their voice to be heard, from both an advocacy point of view on how well the city ought to be run and what growth things we need to consider. So I think if they give input and they'd like to see something change, they need to make sure their voice is heard," McBride said.

Marc McDougal, president of McDougal Realtors and the former mayor of Lubbock, said meeting with this next generation is key for this city's future.

Essentially, discussion of the 2040 plan is a passing of the torch.

"I think it's important for these guys to hear from the folks who are up here today, so that they've got something to look back on when they're sitting up here in ten years," McDougal said.

But some of these leaders are not content waiting to make a difference. 

"Hey we are a part of this community, this is something that we're going to inherit, and these people that were here today, we bleed Lubbock. That's what we're here for, so it's really exciting to have an organization to be able to spend time with people that passionate about the community," Barnett said.

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