FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2004
AUSTIN, TX--Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. today presented members from the City of Pharr Delegation, who were in Austin attending the Texas Main Street Conference on downtown revitalization and historical preservation, with a Senate Proclamation honoring them for their success in becoming one of the 2004 Official Texas Main Street Cities.
The Texas Main Street Program, part of the Texas Historical Commission's Community Heritage Development Division, helps Texas cities revitalize their historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts by utilizing preservation and economic development strategies.
"The people of Pharr are to be highly commended for their efforts and cooperation that led to this designation," said Sen. Lucio. "Becoming one of the Texas Main Street Cities can mean not only much-needed revitalization of the area, but also additional jobs and reinvestment dollars for the betterment of the community."
The Pharr attendees included: Main Street Manager and Downtown Planner Fabio E. Angell; City Commissioner Raul Gonzales and Mrs. Socorro Gonzales; City Commissioner Reynaldo Zuniga; Main Street Committee Board Chairperson Connie Lozano; Main Street Committee Board Member At-Large Ercilia Garcia; and Main Street Co-Chair of the Organization Committee Rosie Saldivar. Also in the Delegation but not attending was Pharr Historical Commission Member Rudy Martinez.
Mr. Angell remarked, "We're very grateful to Sen. Lucio for his efforts in securing additional funding for statewide programs on preservation and revitalization of downtowns. We're extremely proud that the city's efforts in downtown planning have been recognized."
"We are delighted to have Pharr join the Texas Main Street Program," said Texas Historical Commission (THC) Main Street Program Director, Kim McKnight. "The Texas Main Street Program is one of the most successful in the nation, and certainly one of the THC's most successful and recognized programs. Pharr has shown great initiative in preservation planning and programs, and will be a welcome addition as the 'hub of the Magic Valley.'"
The Historical Commission will offer assistance and recommendations for rehabilitating buildings, attracting business and promoting tourism through its Main Street resource team members. The program began in 1981 and is affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Texas Main Street Program is among the most successful downtown revitalization programs in the nation, and has assisted more than 130 Texas cities through the program, resulting in the private reinvestment of more than $860 million in Texas downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, the creation of more than 18,200 jobs and the establishment of more than 4,600 new businesses.