Texas Department of Commerce, Executive Office:
An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1985-1991 (bulk 1988-1991)
The 70th Legislature, Regular Session, in House Bill 4, created the Texas Department of Commerce on September 1, 1987, by consolidating various state agencies, commissions, and boards including the Texas Economic Development Commission, Texas Tourist Development Agency, Texas World Trade Council, Enterprise Zone Board, Technology Training Board, Texas Music Commission, and Texas Film Commission. The Job Training Partnership Act and the Community Development Block Grant programs were also transferred to the department from the Texas Department of Community Affairs. In 1991, the 72nd Legislature reorganized the Department of Commerce in Senate Bill 1070. Policy-making functions and authority were redistributed between the executive director and the Department of Commerce Policy Board. The board was made an advisory board rather than a governing board. The Community Development Block Grant and Rental Rehabilitation programs were transferred to the newly created Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the film and music programs were transferred to the Governor's Office.
The Department of Commerce is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing programs to attract new businesses to the state, encourage the growth and expansion of existing businesses, including tourism, and work with local governments and organizations to improve their communities. The department is managed by the executive director and advised by the nine-member Department of Commerce Policy Board. Six seats on the board are held by public members appointed by the governor to six-year terms with the consent of the Senate. The other three members, who serve ex-officio, are the chair of the State Job Training Coordinating Council, the presiding officer of the International Trade Commission Governing Board, and the presiding officer of the Trans-Mexico Authority Advisory Board. The 1991 reorganization divided the department into three program divisions (Business Development, Tourism, and Work Force Development), each administered by a deputy director, and six support divisions (Administration, Communications, Data Services, Human Resources, Intergovernmental Relations, and Research and Planning).
Types of records consist of correspondence, memos, resumes, reports, and organization charts. Records date from 1985 to 1991 with the bulk from 1988 to 1991. These records include subject files and some internal files from the Texas Department of Commerce executive office. Subjects covered include economic development proposals, international trade, pari-mutuel horse racing, and a management audit of the Department of Commerce.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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Accession number: 1993/004
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Commerce on September 10, 1992
Paul Beck, November 1994
Detailed Description of the Records