WHEREAS, A distinguished delegation from South Texas is
  visiting Austin on February 10, 2015, to celebrate Rio Grande
  Valley Day at the State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Enjoying a strategic location on the Gulf of
  Mexico and along the Mexican border, the Rio Grande Valley was an
  important ranching region when Texas became the nation's 28th
  state in 1845; over time, the economy shifted from ranching to
  agriculture, and the Valley became the state's center of citrus
  and vegetable production; and
         WHEREAS, In the 1960s, industry flourished and
  international trade became increasingly prominent; the region
  has contributed significantly to the tremendous increase in
  commerce across the United States-Mexico border, which now
  averages more than $1.3 billion in goods and services per day,
  and also accounts for a major portion of the $4.5 billion a year
  that Mexican nationals spend on retail purchases in Texas; and
         WHEREAS, The Valley has over 1.3 million residents, and
  local and state officials have focused on the need to expand
  access to higher education, strengthen the workforce, and
  introduce pioneering businesses, such as United Launch Alliance,
  which has been engineering rockets in the area for over a decade,
  and now, SpaceX, which promises to be the Rio Grande Valley's
  gateway to space exploration; furthermore, in 2013, the
  legislature created The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley,
  partnering with SpaceX to create STARGATE, the university's
  first research center of excellence; the university is enrolling
  its first class in Fall 2015, and the new University of Texas Rio
  Grande Valley Medical School is slated to open the following
  year; and
         WHEREAS, The focus for today's special legislative event is
  border security, workforce development, infrastructure, and
  higher education, and major sponsors include The University of
  Texas Rio Grande Valley, the City of Harlingen, the City of
  Edinburg, the City of McAllen, the Port of Brownsville, the Rio
  Grande Valley Partnership, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, the
  Mission Economic Development Corporation, South Texas College,
  the Anzalduas International Bridge, the McAllen Economic
  Development Corporation, the Edinburg Economic Development
  Corporation, and the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; several
  private sector businesses, such as American Electric Power,
  Linebarger, and Texas Regional Bank, are also promoting greater
  regional cooperation in the 21st century; and
         WHEREAS, A vibrant region with a rich heritage, the Rio
  Grande Valley is poised to take advantage of tremendous
  opportunities for continued economic development, and it is
  indeed most fitting to honor Valley residents for their
  dedication to building a bright and prosperous future for the
  area; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 84th
  Legislature, hereby recognize February 10, 2015, as Rio Grande
  Valley Day at the State Capitol and extend to all participants
  sincere best wishes for a productive and enjoyable visit.
  Hinojosa, Lucio
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on February 10, 2015.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate
         Member, Texas Senate