Trump to put Crosby on the map
High profile politicians or celebrities typically don’t beat a path to the small town of Crosby.
In fact, Kim Harris, Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce president, can’t remember anybody really famous coming to the area.
That is about to change.
On Monday, the White House announced that President Donald Trump on Wednesday would be coming to the town northeast of Houston to speak to the International Union of Operating Engineers at the IUOE’s International Training and Education Center in Crosby.
Trump is scheduled to fly into the Houston area shortly before 3 p.m.
“Undoubtedly, this is a unique event for our community, and we recognize its historical importance,” Viviana Killion, Director of Media Relations for Crosby ISD posted on the district’s Facebook page.
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She announced that STAAR testing scheduled for Wednesday would be moved to the next day and that there would be an early dismissal at 1 P.M.
“We can’t confirm the exact time that the Presidential motorcade will be passing through. However, we feel confident that the early dismissal times will allow students to be transported home without significant delay due to road closures,” the announcement read.
Shirley Dupree, executive director of Huffman ISD Human Resources and Communications, said that even though President Trump will be visiting Crosby, not Huffman, people in Huffman are still excited.
Harris said that she and Stephanie Walden, the Chamber Coordinator, plan on walking over from the Chamber building to see the presidential motorcade come down FM 2100.
She has been in touch with the Crosby Lions Club, which puts out flags for all holidays, to see if they can line FM 2100 with flags.
From what Harris has heard, Trump will come to the training center, give a short speech, and then leave Crosby.
“The impact is great that he’s coming,” she said. “I wish he would stop in at our little town here and say hello to somebody or something.”
Dan and Jennifer Meaux, who run the Crawfish Shack in Crosby, were invited to hear Trump speak by State Representative Briscoe Cain (the event is invite-only) and are excited to see Trump in person.
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He doesn’t expect the presidential visit to have any impact on his business.
“But all of our employees are excited,“ he said. “They’re going to be at The Shack and watch the motorcade pass by.”
“I think it’s good for Crosby,” he said. “It’s going to be hectic with the traffic, but, other than that, it helps put Crosby on the map a little more.”
Some Crosby businesses have put messages on their marquee boards welcoming the president.
“I think it just gives people an opportunity to really reflect on his purpose for being here, and it really has to do with jobs and job creation, from what I understand,” said Huffman ISD’s Dupree. “And I think that makes people in our area feel good. I think that when he comes to your area, it makes the community feel like, ’Wow! He’s thinking about us and the people in our communities.”