83R5282 JNC-F
  By: Ritter H.R. No. 192
         WHEREAS, Members of Leadership Southeast Texas representing
  more than 100 Southeast Texas businesses, organizations, and
  governmental entities are visiting the State Capitol on January 29,
  2013; and
         WHEREAS, An educational nonprofit corporation serving the
  region that includes Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty,
  Newton, Orange, and Tyler Counties and the Bolivar Peninsula of
  Galveston County, Leadership Southeast Texas was founded in 1992 to
  identify and motivate leaders in the area and to provide
  opportunities for leadership development and networking among
  decision makers and stakeholders, as well as to contribute to
  regional economic advancement; and
         WHEREAS, This exemplary program boasts an impressive
  membership of 1,021 graduates who currently reside and work in 142
  cities across Texas, 25 states, and Europe, Iraq, China, and Panama
  and who serve as ambassadors for Southeast Texas and the entire Lone
  Star State through more than 500 business affiliations; and
         WHEREAS, Leadership Southeast Texas promotes a better
  understanding of communities in the area by identifying and
  studying timely issues that are significant to ongoing business
  development and by encouraging innovative approaches to those
  issues and professional interaction and communication with
  prominent state leaders; and
         WHEREAS, In today's global society, communities are
  increasingly impacted by national and international economic
  forces, making it even more essential to stay fully informed and
  involved; local communities are often on the front lines of change,
  and input is especially valuable as citizens work to establish the
  foundations for future progress; by viewing opportunities and
  challenges on a regional and statewide basis, individual cities and
  counties can often more successfully address them; and
         WHEREAS, The interdependence of the communities of Southeast
  Texas has been demonstrated by the continuing impact from
  Hurricanes Rita, Humberto, and Ike in 2005, 2007, and 2008;
  moreover, in a region whose natural and energy resources play such
  major roles in the national and world economies, it is even more
  imperative that communities appreciate how they support each other;
         WHEREAS, Recognizing that the future of the region will be
  determined by its young people, the group launched Youth Leadership
  Southeast Texas in 2011; this initiative is a call to civic action
  that strives to encourage the development of leadership skills in
  diverse student populations and to increase understanding between
  students from different schools and communities; and
         WHEREAS, YLSET conferences have drawn more than 200
  participants from 34 high schools in the nine-county region, plus a
  number of faculty liaisons and LSET regional business members; the
  daylong events have enabled students to learn important leadership
  skills and ended with each school's students choosing a community
  project that they will implement as a way to improve the quality of
  life in their hometowns; and
         WHEREAS, For two decades, Leadership Southeast Texas Day has
  provided an opportunity for alumni and new members to celebrate the
  achievements of Southeast Texas, and it is a privilege to recognize
  these civic-minded men and women for their substantial
  contributions to the betterment of the Lone Star State; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize January 29, 2013, as Leadership
  Southeast Texas Day at the State Capitol and extend congratulations
  to the members of the visiting delegation on the 20th anniversary of
  this outstanding organization; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the participants in Leadership Southeast Texas as an
  expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.