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Senate Committee on Business and Commerce Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies and Economic Development - 79th R.S. (2005)

Committee Members
John Carona, Chair
Kyle L. Janek, Chair
Kip Averitt
Kim Brimer
Craig Estes
Eddie Lucio
Charges
• Review how other leading states and countries have structured their economic development programs to match the needs of businesses in an economy in which information, ideas and technology are the driving forces. Identify programs from which Texas could benefit.
• Study how Texas can better translate its wealth of intellectual property and potential into commercialization. Review fostering better links between basic research and discovery resources of academic institutions and commercialization of existing industries, better connections between complementary discoveries and technologies, and increased funding for such activities.
• Review Texas' economic development tools including the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Technologies Fund and make recommendations for improvements including better tracking of fund uses and benefits.

Note:
Senators Averitt and Estes appointed pursuant to Senate Rule 11.03, (Letter from Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, February 21, 2005.)
Kyle Janek appointed and named chair, 2/03/2006.
John Carona (Chair) removed from committee, 02/03/2006.

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