Norris News from Nashville – July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

As we approach July 4th and celebrate the birth of our nation 238 years ago, we celebrate the economic freedom which flows from a quality education and a good job. It has been said that education means economic development. Altogether, it means economic freedom and the independence we hold dear.

I have just completed an “Independence Day Tour” celebrating economic freedom. I traveled from our Nation’s Capital to towns across Tennessee. (For more on my Independence Day Tour, visit my website, www.marknorris.org, and Senator Mark Norris on Facebook. As Chairman of the national Council of State Governments, my initiative, State Pathways to Prosperity, focuses on workforce development and education. That’s what we are focused on here in Tennessee, too.

Placing a wreath from the Council of State Governments at the Tomb of the Unknowns

Placing a wreath from the Council of State Governments at the Tomb of the Unknowns “on behalf of the grateful people of the 50 United States.”

The journey began as I placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on behalf of the citizens of every state who are grateful for the sacrifices made by so many men and women to keep our nation free.

Addressing the annual Tracy DeWitt Patriotic Breakfast with the Northeast Shelby Republican Club

Addressing the annual Tracy DeWitt Patriotic Breakfast with the Northeast Shelby Republican Club

(Left) Addressing the Tennessee Pathways to Prosperity Conference at Vanderbilt University

(Left) Addressing the Tennessee Pathways to Prosperity Conference at Vanderbilt University
(Right) Addressing the Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board

Senator Rusty Crowe, Kathy Pierce, Executive Director of the Northeast Workforce Investment Board,

Senator Rusty Crowe, Kathy Pierce, Executive Director of the Northeast Workforce Investment Board,
Mark Norris and Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey in Johnson City

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at White House meeting on Employment Opportunities

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at White House meeting on Employment Opportunities

The Ford Foundation's Douglas Wood,  former Executive Director of the Tennessee Board of Education,

The Ford Foundation’s Douglas Wood, former Executive Director of the Tennessee Board of Education,
at White House meeting on Employment Opportunities.

I spent the following week crossing Tennessee, speaking at patriotic breakfasts, workforce investment meetings, educational conferences and neighborhood gatherings celebrating our independence.

Rep. Debra Moody and I prepare to distribute snacks at the Memphis VA hospital

Rep. Debra Moody and I prepare to distribute snacks at the Memphis VA hospital

This included a special visit to the Memphis VA Hospital to say “thanks” to our service men and women there, and a community outreach event I organized at Agricenter International to pack food for distribution through the Mid-South Food Bank. We packed over 20,000 meals in less than 90 minutes!

Leaders' Feed community outreach event 20,346 meals packed in less than 90 minutes

Leaders’ Feed community outreach event 20,346 meals packed in less than 90 minutes

Beth Webb, Gayle Bennett and Barbara Trautman of Republican Women of Purpose

Beth Webb, Gayle Bennett and Barbara Trautman of Republican Women of Purpose

This Fourth of July, I am encouraged by what’s happening in Tennessee. As we begin celebrating the 238th Anniversary of our Nation’s birth, let’s all celebrate the re-birth of American Manufacturing and its role in securing the individual independence which flows from economic freedom. Let’s support efforts to educate and train workers for 21st Century jobs. Tennessee is number one in economic development for many reasons, and we all need to stay focused on what it takes to stay ahead of the competition.

And now, let’s celebrate! John Adams got it right:

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Happy Fourth of July!

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