WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize the citizens of Waco who have come to Austin to
  celebrate Waco Day at the State Capitol on February 9, 2011; and
         WHEREAS, Founded in 1849, Waco played a central role in the
  development of the Lone Star State in the 1800s; it served as a
  center for cotton farming, as a stopping point for the cowboys on
  the Chisholm Trail, and as a thriving transportation and
  marketing hub; by the mid-1900s, it had grown into an important
  manufacturing center, and in recent decades, other sectors such
  as health care and aerospace have made significant contributions
  to the local economy; tourism is also a factor in the region's
  prosperity; residents and visitors alike are drawn to
  attractions such as the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas
  Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum; and
         WHEREAS, Throughout its history, institutions of higher
  education have been a key element in Waco's success; Baylor
  University has been a part of the city since 1887, and Texas State
  Technical College and McLennan Community College have further
  enhanced the town's reputation as a place of learning and
  innovation; and
         WHEREAS, During the United States presidency of George W.
  Bush, Waco was home to the White House Press Center, which
  provided briefing and office facilities for the press corps when
  President Bush was at the "Western White House," his ranch in
  Crawford, 20 miles west of Waco; and
         WHEREAS, A fitting symbol of the City of Waco's
  forward-thinking attitude is the new home of the Greater Waco
  Chamber of Commerce, which opened in June of 2008 and was
  specifically designed to qualify for gold-level certification
  from the United States Green Building Council, incorporating a
  range of innovative features to create an environmentally
  sensitive landmark that serves as a model for additional
  sustainable construction projects; and
         WHEREAS, Area residents take great pleasure in the city's
  high quality of life and the scenic surroundings of Lake Waco,
  and they continue to make vital contributions to the Lone Star
  State as they look forward to a promising future; now, therefore,
  be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 82nd
  Legislature, hereby recognize February 9, 2011, as Waco Day at
  the State Capitol and extend to those who have come to celebrate
  this day a warm welcome and best wishes for a memorable and
  productive visit to Austin; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared as a
  memento of this special day.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on February 7, 2011.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate