PRESS RELEASE
from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2007
Contact: Jody Withers
512-463-0130

Senator Estes Announces Preservation Grant Recipient

Austin, Texas - State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) announced today that the Bowie City Auditorium will be awarded a $30,000 grant from the Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF), a program of the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The grant will assist the City of Bowie in its efforts to preserve this valuable landmark.

"The financial support of historic properties provided through the Texas Preservation Trust Fund contributes not only to the City of Bowie, but to the overall Texas economy, promoting heritage tourism and economic development," said Estes.

According to the Texas Historical Commission, the Bowie City Auditorium is just one of 25 preservation projects selected from more than 100 applications to receive the 2008 TPTF grant awards totaling $515,000.

The Texas Legislature created the TPFT in an effort to preserve endangered historic buildings and significant archeological sites statewide. The TPTF is an interest-earning pool of public and private monies. The earned interest and designated gifts are distributed as matching grants. The program provides up to one-half of the total project costs for acquiring, planning, and developing historic properties and sites.

The state legislature provided a significant boost to the TPTF with $2.5 million in appropriations during previous legislative sessions and $500, 000 in appropriations during the last three legislative sessions. A portion of the interest on the appropriations was used of the 2008 grants, offered to public or private owners of eligible historic properties or projects.

For more information, or to apply for the fiscal year 2009 TPTF grant awards, contact Lisa Harvell of the THC's Architecture Division at 512-463-6094 or P.O. Box 12276, Austin, TX 78711. To view a list of grant recipients and projects, visit the THC web site at www.thc.state.tx.us.

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