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Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade - 82nd R.S. (2011)

Committee Members
Eddie Lucio, Chair
Wendy Davis, Vice Chair
Troy Fraser
Mario Gallegos
José Rodríguez
Kel Seliger
Tommy Williams
Charges
• Analyze ways to promote economic development along the border, using existing programs and resources. Make recommendations for development of programs in collaboration with local businesses, institutions of higher education, and community leaders to target training and jobs programs to growing industries.
• Review the capacity and infrastructure needs of distressed and smaller communities of the state. Provide an inventory of resources that are available to these communities and develop recommendations that will increase the state's ability to address critical infrastructure needs. Consider regionalization initiatives, improvements to existing programs and innovative cost-effective solutions and alternatives.
• Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Review the housing initiatives addressed by the Committee and coordinate with the appropriate housing officials to develop recommendations to better address the housing needs of smaller and distressed communities in Texas.

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