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Welcome to the official website for the
Texas Senate
Senate Committee on Business and Commerce
Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies & Economic Development
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 79th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

Kyle Janek

Kip Averitt
Kim Brimer
Craig Estes
Eddie Lucio, Jr.


Richard Spence

(512) 463-1171

Sam Houston Building, 340


Interim Charges

  • Review how other leading states and countries have structured their economic development programs to match the needs of businesses in an economy in which information, ideas and technology are the driving forces. Identify programs from which Texas could benefit.
  • Study how Texas can better translate its wealth of intellectual property and potential into commercialization. Review fostering better links between basic research and discovery resources of academic institutions and commercialization of existing industries, better connections between complementary discoveries and technologies, and increased funding for such activities.
  • Review Texas' economic development tools including the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Technologies Fund and make recommendations for improvements including better tracking of fund uses and benefits.