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Nueces County, Texas
901 Leopard St.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401


Samuel L. Neal, Jr.
Nueces County Judge

H.C. Chuck Cazalas
Commissioner, Precinct No. 4

Tyner Little
Governmental Affairs, OCCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              October 19, 2007

This afternoon the Nueces County Commissioners Court wrapped up a Strategic
Planning Retreat held at the Hilltop Community Center, 11425 Leopard Street, in
Corpus Christi, which was facilitated by Debbie Lindsey-Opel.

After making a thoughtful determination of the current status of the county, the Nueces
County Commissioners Court turned its focus to the future.

The County Judge, Commissioners and approximately 40 other elected officials,
department heads and staff participated in intense facilitated discussions to develop a
direction for the county for the next five years.

The retreat revealed six or seven major issues on which the Court would focus. Some
of those issues include countywide drainage, preparation for redistricting that will be
prompted by the 2010 census, the potential for collective bargaining by Sheriff’s
Department employees, citizenship education, an alternate route off Padre Island, and
countywide economic development.

The retreat was spearheaded by Pct. 4 Commissioner H. C. “Chuck” Cazalas, who
voiced concerns about the economic positioning of not only Nueces County, but Texas
and the United States in relation to rising economic powers. He cited school drop out
rates and our falling behind in math and science in our public schools in relation to
countries such as India and China.

The public can expect to hear the details of this retreat as the results will be received at
a workshop in a regularly scheduled Commissioners Court meeting in November.

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