H.R. No. 1597
         WHEREAS, Proud residents of Williamson County are gathering
  in Austin to celebrate Williamson County Day at the State Capitol on
  April 19, 2007; and
         WHEREAS, The 16th fastest growing county in the nation,
  Williamson County is home to nearly 350,000 residents, and that
  number is expected to double by 2015 and exceed one million by 2020;
  Leander's population has grown by an estimated 85 percent since
  2000, and Hutto has experienced phenomenal growth, with its
  population estimated to have increased by over 1,200 percent in
  that same period; the county is among the state's leaders in
  household income, yet its housing costs remain well below the
  national average, and the crime rate is one of the lowest in the
  nation; and
         WHEREAS, The county has developed in recent years from a
  historically agricultural region into an industrial and retail
  powerhouse; its vibrant manufacturing sector is led by world-famous
  Dell Computers; custom cabinetmaker Burrows Manufacturing has
  opened an expanded facility in Taylor, and Round Rock is the new
  home of such destination retail businesses as the Swedish home
  furnishings superstore IKEA and the Round Rock Premium Outlets
  mall, which features 125 name-brand stores; and
         WHEREAS, The quality and accessibility of health care in the
  county are also on the rise, with the addition of major new regional
  clinics and hospitals by Scott and White, the Seton Family of
  Hospitals, St. David's HealthCare, and Triad Hospitals; and
         WHEREAS, Anchored by outstanding public schools, the
  county's educational system is enhanced by Georgetown's
  Southwestern University, which is rated one of the finest private
  colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World
  Report, and by Texas State University, with its new Round Rock
  Higher Education Center; and
         WHEREAS, Faith has long played a prominent role in the lives
  of Williamson County residents, and this tradition is carried on
  today in more than 200 area houses of worship; and
         WHEREAS, The hardworking citizens of Williamson County enjoy
  such fine opportunities for recreation and celebration as the
  Chamber Golf Classic in Cedar Park, the Red Poppy Festival in
  Georgetown, Frontier Days in Round Rock, and the Barbecue Cook-off
  in Taylor; sports fans from all over the region enjoy the home games
  of the Round Rock Express Class AAA baseball team at the Dell
  Diamond; and
         WHEREAS, With its world-class workforce, remarkable quality
  of life, and wise investment in infrastructure to accommodate rapid
  and sustained growth, Williamson County is a classic Texas success
  story, and the progressive, "can do" spirit of its people points the
  way to a bright and exciting future for Central Texas; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 80th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize April 19, 2007, as Williamson County
  Day at the State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation best
  wishes for an informative and enjoyable visit to Austin.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 1597 was adopted by the House on April
  19, 2007, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House