NEWS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

November 15, 2007
CONTACT: Ryan Sullivan, 512-463-0119

Senator Carlos Uresti announces Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant Award to Uvalde Old Town Design Standards Project

Austin, TX -- State Senator Carlos Uresti is delighted to announce that the Uvalde Old Town Design Standards Project has received an $11,500 Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant from the Texas Historical Commission.

"I'm happy to see the Texas Historical Commission taking note of Uvalde's historical contribution to the state of Texas," said Sen. Uresti. "The Texas Preservation Fund is an investment in the future of Texas. These funds, dedicated to preserving our historic places, are an investment that greatly enhance our communities, not only from a beautification aspect but also from an economic perspective. Renovations of historic areas bring in tourism and increased business activity."

Uvalde is one of 25 recipients selected from one hundred twenty-three applicants for the Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant. The Texas Preservation Trust Fund is an interest-earning pool of public and private monies. The earned interest and designated gifts are distributed as matching grants to preserve endangered historic buildings and significant archeological sites. The Texas Historical Commission, the state agency responsible for historic preservation in Texas, administers the fund. The Commission administers a variety of programs to preserve the archeological, historical, and cultural resources of Texas.

Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following counties: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.

For more information, please contact Diana Martinez at 512-463-0119.