83R23269 LB-D
  By: Munoz, Jr. H.R. No. 1615
         WHEREAS, Proud citizens of Palmview are gathering in Austin
  on April 22, 2013, to celebrate Palmview Day at the State Capitol;
         WHEREAS, Located in southern Hidalgo County, in the Rio
  Grande Valley, Palmview can trace its heritage to the town of Mamie,
  which was established in 1904 as a stop along the St. Louis,
  Brownsville and Mexico Railway; in 1972, a group of local residents
  spearheaded a drive to create an autonomous community, and their
  efforts resulted in the establishment of the City of Palmview; and
         WHEREAS, In the years since, Palmview has experienced
  significant growth; it is now home to 6,500 residents, a number that
  is expected to increase dramatically when the city completes the
  first phase of its annexation plan in the coming year; located at
  the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and Farm Road 2061, the town is
  situated between the busy retail areas of central Hidalgo County
  and the slower-paced, yet growing Starr County to the west; and
         WHEREAS, Palmview's expansion has created a range of new
  business opportunities, and its recently organized chamber of
  commerce works with existing and prospective entrepreneurs to spur
  further economic activity; moreover, officials are devoted to
  enhancing services to benefit the town's growing population and, to
  that end, have worked in conjunction with agencies such as the Texas
  Water Development Board and the U.S. Department of Housing and
  Urban Development to pursue new infrastructure projects; and
         WHEREAS, Like other border cities, Palmview faces a unique
  set of challenges; it has gained widespread attention for its role
  in helping to maintain national security, and this effort has
  included the assistance of such state and federal programs as
  Operation Border Star and Operation Stonegarden; and
         WHEREAS, The city's progress is driven by its committed,
  community-focused residents, who embody the town's slogan of
  "Palmview Proud"; their involvement plays an essential role in
  numerous initiatives, including the sports programs of the Parks
  and Recreation Department, which have registered more than 90
  teams, a rate of participation that exceeds that of much larger
  municipalities; and
         WHEREAS, Home to an engaged citizenry and city government,
  Palmview is building on its heritage of hard work and independence
  to prepare for a dynamic and prosperous future; now, therefore, be
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize April 22, 2013, as Palmview Day at the
  State Capitol and extend to the city's delegation sincere best
  wishes for an enjoyable and productive visit to Austin.