83R23995 JWI-D
  By: Strama H.R. No. 1872
         WHEREAS, Distinguished foreign ambassadors taking part in
  the U.S. State Department's Experience America program are
  visiting the State Capitol on May 14, 2013; and
         WHEREAS, Under the leadership of Capricia Marshall, chief of
  protocol of the United States, Experience America introduces
  ambassadors posted in Washington, D.C., to cities and neighborhoods
  across the nation, showcasing life in the United States outside the
  Beltway; and
         WHEREAS, The program helps to build relationships, encourage
  investment and trade, and foster dialogue between the ambassadors
  and government, business, cultural, and academic leaders in the
  communities they visit; these interactions play a vital role in
  strengthening the bonds between the United States and other
  countries and encourage, in President Barack Obama's words, "new
  beginnings based on mutual respect and understanding"; and
         WHEREAS, Since the inception of Experience America four years
  ago, members of the diplomatic corps have traveled to Alaska,
  Atlanta, Arkansas, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Wyoming;
  these trips have yielded tangible results benefiting the United
  States and countries abroad, including the development by Delta
  Airlines of a direct flight from Atlanta to South Africa, the
  signing of a memorandum of cooperation between a Lithuanian
  business delegation and the Port of New Orleans, and the visit of an
  Iraqi delegation to Chicago to discuss trade opportunities; and
         WHEREAS, By sharing America's richly diverse cultures and
  communities, Experience America provides the chiefs of diplomatic
  missions a deeper understanding of our country's values,
  traditions, and history, and it is hoped that as a result of this
  program, the links between this state and the nations represented
  here today will multiply and flourish in the years ahead; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby welcome these distinguished ambassadors to the
  State Capitol and extend to them sincere best wishes for a most
  rewarding and enjoyable visit; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That official copies of this resolution be prepared
  for the ambassadors as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.