TEXARKANA, Texas – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced a major economic development win for the greater Texarkana region at a ceremony Thursday in New Boston, Texas. The TexAmericas Center will receive a designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), which will bolster its ability to attract new businesses and create jobs. “I’m incredibly pleased that my congressional staff and I were able to secure HUBZone designation for TexAmericas through our work with the Department of Defense and the Small Business Administration over the past year,” Ratcliffe said. “Given the enormous potential for increased job creation in this region, I’m very optimistic about the bolstered economic growth this HUBZone designation will bring.”
Through its HUBZone status, tenants at the TexAmericas Center will have preference for award of federal contracts to small businesses. They will also gain access to federal set-aside contracts and sole source contracts, as well as a price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. Continue Reading →
SAN ANTONIO – After nearly two years of intense work, the Alamo Master Plan Management Committee, which is comprised of representatives from the Texas General Land Office, the City of San Antonio, and the private Alamo Endowment, unveiled detailed design renderings of the proposed master plan for the Alamo Complex and surrounding area. The spectacular images depict a vision that restores reverence and dignity to one of the most historic battlefields in the United States while capturing the imagination of all ages and all cultures, for generations to come. Working in close collaboration, the Committee and the Master Plan Team, led by Dr. George C. Skarmeas of Preservation Design Partnership, LLC, undertook the first ever systematic study of the history and the physical evolution of the Alamo site from the arrival of the Spanish missionaries in 1724 to the present time, and conducted archaeological research in the summer of 2016. The resulting bold and visionary ideas are based on evidence and the best principles and practices of heritage conservation planning and design. “Today marks a major benchmark in the nearly two-year mission to restore a sense of dignity and decorum to our Shrine of Texas Liberty,” Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said. Continue Reading →
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today the Alamo kicks off events for the 2017 Commemoration of the Siege and Battle of 1836. For Alamo enthusiasts who cannot make it to San Antonio, they can follow the daily events at the Alamo on Twitter at twitter.com/OfficialAlamo and Facebook at Facebook.com/OfficialAlamo. Siege Readings: February 23 – March 6 / 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. daily
Alamo Living Historians present historical readings that illustrate what was happening at the Alamo during each day of the 1836 siege. Siege Readings are free to the public, in front of the Alamo Church, and last approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Ride for Texas Independence:
Friday, February 24 / 10 a.m.
February 24, 1836, Alamo commander William B. Travis wrote his now famous “Victory or Death” letter, and sent Courier Albert Martin to ride across Texas to deliver his impassioned plea for reinforcements. Continue Reading →
Pittsburg, TX – The Region 8 ESC Special Services will host a parent conference and agency fair on March 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at their headquarters. Region 8 ESC is located at 4845 U.S. Highway 271 N. in Pittsburg Texas. The conference will feature keynote speakers Patrick Hughes in the a.m. and Ryan Foley in the p.m. sessions. Patrick was born without the ability to move his arms, legs or see; however, despite these physical limitations, he has excelled as a musician, student, performer and public speaker. Ryan was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at five years of age and Aspergers later. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) supported the passage of legislation this week to enhance services for veterans seeking assistance with compensation claims. The WINGMAN Act (H.R. 512) passed the U.S. House without opposition and was sent to the U.S. Senate. The WINGMAN Act would boost the ability of caseworkers in Rep. Ratcliffe’s local offices to serve veterans in need throughout Texas’ 4th District. Specifically, it allows caseworkers to access the critical information they need to assist veterans by stripping away bureaucratic roadblocks imposed by the federal government. “I’ve been very pleased with incredible work my staff has done to serve veterans throughout our communities. With more than 63,000 veterans in Texas’ 4th District, this is no easy task, and I’m glad my colleagues in the U.S. House have joined me in passing legislation to streamline this important job as much as possible.” Ratcliffe said. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, TX. Rep. Ratcliffe will host an open house in Texarkana hosting Texarkana on Thursday, August 25th at 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The open house is open to the public and will be held at Texarkana College Library in the Perot Leadership Museum. The college is located at 2500 North Robinson Road in Texarkana, Texas. The public is encouraged to attend this open house and discuss current issues and concerns with Rep. Ratcliffe.
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Texarkana, TX. “Selfie” is a new term to some and an old, or at least a few years old, to others. The term “Selfie” means to take a picture of yourself. This is usually accomplished by holding your self phone out, smiling, and clicking the picture. Once taken, the selfie can be sent to friends, modified for various social media programs, or simply added to your social media site so someone will know what you look like when they click on your online profile. Continue Reading →
“Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being resettled in Texas,” Continue Reading →
Texas is the #1 state in the United States for foreign and domestic investment, based on number of jobs. Continue Reading →
Today, the Texas Supreme Court upheld the divorce of same-sex couple Angelique Naylor and Sabina Daly, granted in a lower court. Continue Reading →