WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize Joe Henry Morin, who recently retired from the Economic
  Development and Tourism division of the Office of the Governor
  after an exemplary career of public service; and
         WHEREAS, Joe Morin began his professional career working
  with SER-Jobs for Progress, a nationwide nonprofit organization
  that helps members of the Hispanic community achieve their dreams
  through education, employment, and empowerment; he later became
  vice president of Harvard Technologies, where he helped drive
  business growth while fostering a company culture of community
  involvement; and
         WHEREAS, From 1984 until 1999, Mr. Morin served as
  president of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers
  of Commerce; during his tenure, he developed strategic
  partnerships with over 50 Fortune 500 companies and key alliances
  with The University of Texas, Texas A&M University, and the
  United States Small Business Administration, and he helped to
  develop new chamber organizations in more than 30 cities; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Morin helped lead economic development
  efforts at the state level for 15 years; he was instrumental in
  bringing a Toyota manufacturing facility to Texas, and he led the
  effort to create the first statewide online "one-stop shop"
  business portal during his tenure as small business advocate in
  the Office of the Governor; he went on to manage finance and tax
  incentive programs in the Economic Development and Tourism
  division of the governor's office, and he retired from state
  service in January of 2017; and
         WHEREAS, A truly distinguished Texan, Joe Morin has served
  in leadership roles for numerous professional associations and
  has helped to develop a broad range of economic opportunities for
  citizens across the state; his presence in the Office of the
  Governor will be greatly missed; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, hereby commend Joe Henry Morin on his exceptional
  career and his many contributions to the state and extend to him
  best wishes for continued success in all his future endeavors;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  him as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on March 28, 2017.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate