H.R. No. 306
         WHEREAS, Proud citizens of Mission are gathering in Austin on
  March 29, 2023, to celebrate Mission Day at the State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, The city of Mission was founded in 1908, the year the
  Missouri Pacific Railroad established a station in the area, and
  the city was named for La Lomita Mission, which was located nearby;
  since then, Mission, home of the grapefruit, has grown to be a
  thriving city with a population of more than 86,000 people; and
         WHEREAS, The first citrus trees in the Rio Grande Valley were
  planted in the Mission area; today, the citrus industry is a
  multimillion-dollar business and is celebrated each year at the
  Texas Citrus Fiesta; and
         WHEREAS, Mission is a center for international trade and
  entrepreneurship, and its Anzalduas International Bridge provides
  a vital trade and tourism connection to Mexico; several
  international manufacturers and other dynamic firms call Mission
  home, including Stanley Black & Decker, Royal Technologies,
  Wonderful Citrus, Killam Development, and the Texas International
  Produce Association; Mission EDC manages the city's Center for
  Education and Economic Development, a unique, 55,000-square-foot
  business incubator and coworking space that has spawned numerous
  local enterprises; and
         WHEREAS, A popular destination for "Winter Texans," Mission
  boasts about 50 RV parks and welcomes an estimated 25,000 seasonal
  residents during the coldest months of the year; and
         WHEREAS, Recreational opportunities are abundant in Mission,
  with such attractions as the National Butterfly Center, the World
  Birding Center headquarters, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park,
  and the 10-mile Mission Hike and Bike Trail; since 2019, Mission has
  been recognized as an All-America City; and
         WHEREAS, Mission was immortalized in Larry McMurtry's novel
  and television miniseries, Lonesome Dove, and notable residents
  have included United States senator and treasury secretary Lloyd
  Bentsen and United States congressman Kika de la Garza; moreover,
  Mission was the childhood home of legendary Dallas Cowboys coach
  Tom Landry and a second home to Texas governor Allan Shivers,
  Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek, and three-time presidential
  candidate William Jennings Bryan; and
         WHEREAS, Mission Day at the Capitol provides an opportunity
  to honor the border city's heritage and its many charms, which are
  enjoyed by residents and vacationers alike; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 88th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize March 29, 2023, as Mission Day at the
  State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation sincere best
  wishes for a meaningful and memorable stay in Austin.
  Muñoz, Jr.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 306 was adopted by the House on March
  8, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 140, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House