83R5868 JNC-D
  By: Guillen H.R. No. 281
         WHEREAS, Proud residents of Rio Grande City are gathering in
  Austin on February 19, 2013, to celebrate Rio Grande City Day at the
  State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Rio Grande City has gained regional, state, and
  national media attention for its significant historical richness;
  it boasts more than 600 historic properties and has been recognized
  as a National Main Street City in Texas for 10 consecutive years;
         WHEREAS, The city is a member of the National Trust for
  Historic Preservation's National Main Street Network, which
  assists states and communities in the preservation and
  rehabilitation of commercial districts, and it has been designated
  as a Preserve America Community for its efforts to protect local
  cultural and natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the
  public; and
         WHEREAS, The leaders of Rio Grande City are committed to
  improving the quality of life for residents and maintaining a
  positive economic environment that will attract new business; among
  the important infrastructure projects recently undertaken are the
  construction of a $20.9 million water treatment facility, the
  $2.885 million first phase expansion of the wastewater treatment
  facility, the construction of a $2.5 million municipal park, and
  the revitalization of the city's downtown area; and
         WHEREAS, Among those who have contributed to the community's
  success are Mayor Ruben O. Villarreal, Mayor Pro Tem Hernan Garza,
  and city commissioners Rey Ramirez, Arcadio Salinas III, and David
  Jones; joining Mayor Villarreal on the house floor today are a
  number of prominent local citizens, including Giselle Villarreal,
  owner of Starr County's community magazine, The Life, Cecilia
  Olivarez, president of Rio Grande City Greater Chamber of Commerce,
  Veronica Sanchez, president of Main Street, and Joel Correa,
  president of South Texas College's Criminal Justice Association;
         WHEREAS, Celebrating their rich heritage even as they work to
  build a bright future, the citizens of Rio Grande City may indeed
  take pride in their community's ongoing achievements; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize February 19, 2013, as Rio Grande City
  Day at the State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation
  sincere best wishes for a meaningful and memorable stay in Austin.