WHEREAS, Proud residents of Garland are gathering in Austin
  on February 15, 2017, to celebrate Garland Day at the State
  Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Named for Augustus H. Garland, who served as
  attorney general of the United States, the city began as the site
  of a new post office that was established in 1887 between the
  communities of Duck Creek and Embree; the population grew to 478
  over the next few years, and Garland was incorporated in 1891; and
         WHEREAS, Now the 12th-largest city in Texas, with area in
  Collin and Rockwall as well as Dallas Counties, Garland is home
  to more than 230,000 people and such major employers as Kraft
  Foods, Hatco, Baylor Medical Center, and L3 Communications,
  which contribute greatly to the area's economy; in 2015, Garland
  was recognized as the eighth-best-run city in the country;
  moreover, it has been ranked as the second-best city in the State
  of Texas for saving money, and in 2008, CNN placed it on its list
  of "Top 100 Places to Live"; and
         WHEREAS, The people of Garland enjoy numerous amenities,
  including six recreation centers and more than 60 parks across
  nearly 3,000 acres; the Firewheel Town Center is an outdoor
  mall offering access to more than 100 businesses and a movie
  theater, and 5th Street Crossing at Garland Station is a
  mixed-use development that helped to revitalize Garland's
  historic downtown; and
         WHEREAS, With 57,000 students, Garland Independent School
  District is one of the largest and most diverse school districts
  in the state; it emphasizes community involvement and access to
  technology, and in 2016, the district's Hillside Academy for
  Excellence was recognized by the United States Department of
  Education as a National Blue Ribbon School; and
         WHEREAS, This dynamic city is one of the Lone Star State's
  great treasures, and it is indeed a pleasure to honor the citizens
  of Garland as they continue to work toward an even brighter future;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, hereby recognize February 15, 2017, as Garland Day
  at the State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation sincere
  best wishes for an informative and enjoyable stay in Austin.
  Huffines, Hall
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on February 15, 2017.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate
         Member, Texas Senate