FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2007
AUSTIN, TX -- On Oct. 30, the Association of Rural Communities in Texas (ARCIT) presented Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. with their esteemed Texas Senate Rural Partner of the Year Award for his outstanding work during the regular legislative session in developing meaningful legislation to aid rural communities.
Most notably, he authored Senate Bill 1485, which advocated for rural communities through establishing a rural development fund. While the bill sailed through the Senate, it ran out of time in the House and did not pass.
"I am very honored by this recognition," said Sen. Lucio. "In return, I commend ARCIT for the support they offered during the legislative session and for all the work they do. Our rural communities cannot flourish unless we fund programs that help them develop economic activity, and I will continue to champion that cause."
The intent of SB 1485 was to establish the Texas Rural Development Fund to enhance the state's current rural-focused activities by using best practices and targeted activities, as well as to provide a coordinated approach to addressing the key areas of rural development.
"We are very thankful that Sen. Lucio authored SB 1485 in the Senate to promote the need for a rural development fund that would not only help his district, but help rural communities statewide. We are grateful for the Senator's bold, visionary leadership," said ARCIT Board President and Hughes Springs City Manager George Fite. ARCIT is a statewide association that represents over 300 rural cities, counties, utility districts and economic development corporations.