83R3606 BPG-D
  By: Harper-Brown H.R. No. 194
         WHEREAS, The City of Irving has received a 2012 Baldrige
  National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for
  performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and
  visionary leadership; and
         WHEREAS, Established in 1988, this prestigious accolade is
  conferred by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is
  managed by the United States Commerce Department's National
  Institute of Standards and Technology in cooperation with the
  private sector; the BPEP recognizes organizations that achieve
  superior results through innovative practices, dynamic management,
  strong financial performance, and superior employee and customer
  satisfaction; and
         WHEREAS, The City of Irving was selected as the winner of the
  2012 Baldrige award in the nonprofit category following a rigorous
  evaluation by an independent board; in the course of its candidacy,
  examiners rated its attainment in a number of key areas, including
  leadership, strategic planning, and operations focus; and
         WHEREAS, Guided by city manager Tommy Gonzalez, Irving has
  gained recognition as a model of fiscal responsibility; it is one of
  5 municipalities in Texas and 89 in the nation to hold AAA ratings
  from both Standard and Poor's and Moody's; while maintaining the
  second-lowest tax rate in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area,
  the city has earned ever-higher marks from its citizens for its key
  services and overall quality of life; moreover, the administration
  consistently fosters a positive work environment that enables the
  city to recruit and retain talented and dedicated personnel; and
         WHEREAS, Public safety in Irving has made continued gains in
  recent years, and the city's police department is noted for its
  adherence to best practices; other factors contributing to the
  selection by the BPEP include the city's integration of strategic
  planning and budget processes, its emphasis on process efficiency,
  and its environmental initiatives; and
         WHEREAS, Through a commitment to meeting the highest
  standards, the City of Irving has established a national reputation
  for excellence, and its success is indeed deserving of special
  recognition; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate the City of Irving on its receipt
  of a 2012 Baldrige National Quality Award and that it commend all
  those responsible for securing this honor; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the city as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.