NORFOLK — The president of the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce will testify before the House Energy and Commerce committee in Washington, D.C., this week.
Dennis Houston said he was contacted by U.S. Rep. Lee Terry’s office regarding the opportunity to testify about Norfolk’s experience with the construction of the first Keystone pipeline.
“The focus of the hearing is what is the economic development impact and financial impact on the communities when the pipeline comes through,” Houston said.
Houston said the 750 jobs brought to the area during its construction phase made the pipeline the third largest employer in the city. It also had a $10 million economic impact on the community and brought in a large number of individuals who actively contributed to the community, he said.
Although the construction phase of the first pipeline is complete, a positive economic impact continues as the industrial highway near Norfolk Iron & Metal, Nucor Steel and Louis Dreyfus Ethanol Plant is constructed, he said.
Houston said he will go to Washington, D.C., this week to share a few comments at the Nebraska congressional breakfast on Wednesday morning and then testify Thursday before the subcommittee.