List of all successes
Support for the RISD Bond Program (2011 Success)
The Chamber supported the passage of the Richardson Independent School District’s 2011 Bond Program presented for the approval of voters on May 14, 2011. The bond program provided support for RISD schools for continual growth in several areas such as; facilities, technology, fine arts, athletics, and renovations. The passage of this bond program came at a pivotal moment for public school districts as the Texas Legislature dramatically cut state aid to public school distrists in 2011.
Support for House Bill 1000 (2011 Success)
The Chamber supported House Bill 1000 in order to benefit the University of Texas at Dallas and its quest to achieve Tier One Status as a nationally recongnized research university. A recent constitutional amendment established the national research university fund to provide a dedicated, independent, and equitable source of funding to enable emerging research universities in Texas to achieve national prominence as major research universities. HB1000 seeks to aid Texas universities in their quest to become Tier One institutions. The creation of more Tier One universities has been a top priority of higher education policy makers for several years. The issue is that Texas still only has 3 tier One universities, but with the aid of HB 1000, Texas can look to garnering more nationally recognized Tier One universities.
Support for Texas Research Incentive Program Funding (TRIP) (2011 Success)
The Chamber supported funding the Texas Research Incentive Program during the 82nd texas Legislative Session by drafting several advocacy letters that were sent to dozens of legislators in the Texas House and Texas Senate. TRIP provides a path for Texas universities to compete for Tier One status through providing matching funds for eligible universities. Eligible universities must reach certain goals in research funding and private donations in order to garner the state funds. The University of Texas at Dallas (pictured above) was one of the main beneficiaries of the funding.
Support for Proposition #2 (2011 Success)
The Chamber supported the passage of Proposition #2; an amendment to the State constitution that would allow for the the Texas Water Development Board (the state agency authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds to support financial programs for water related projects) the ability to collaborate with local entities in providing loans to fund water infrastructure projects in Texas.
Support for Richardson Bond Program (2010 Success)
The Chamber supported the passage of the 2010 Richardson Bond Program that was approved by the Richardson City Council to be placed as a bond election to address necessary improvements to the city on the May 8, 2010 ballot. The proposition was split into four separate propositions addressing streets and drainage, parks and recreation, public buildings, and neighborhood vitality.