Many have considered the relationship for a long time between Amarillo and Lubbock to be a sort of friendly rivalry.
However, in a joint press conference today, mayors for both cities announced they will be working together to focus on a few large issues that involve both cities.
Mayors from both the Hub and Yellow City came together to tackle some issues involving both places.
“We’ve got to look for reasons to collaborate to stand together whether it be for transportation, with economic development, ideas around Texas Tech and the expansion of Texas Tech in this part of the world,” said Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope.
Transportation is their main focus, with both mayors expressing interest in expanding I-27.
“It’s exciting to think I-27 to be a Ports to Plains Highway,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “Coming all of the way from the Texas ports, bringing goods off of boats and ships through our region, all the way to the border of Canada.”
“I think it benefits both of us as we can extend it both north and south,” added Mayor Pope.
Another focus for the two, a veterinary school here in Amarillo.
“It puts us on the map as having something that no one else in the nation has, which is a vet school, a pharmacy school, and a medical school all on the same campus,” said Mayor Nelson. “That will make us very attractive to drug researchers and drug manufacturers for those economic opportunities.”
Mayor Nelson said she has been asking Mayor Pope for advice when it comes to leading a city.
“…I asked him for advice on…focusing on increasing communication between city hall and the citizens of Lubbock. So, I definitely picked his brain on that, and got some good ideas,” added Mayor Nelson.”
Mayor Pope also asked for advice, but on another subject, downtown revitalization, which Mayor Nelson said she is happy to help discuss.
Mayor Pope says during his visit, he toured both the Xcel building and the soon to be built multi-purpose event venue.