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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [TH]
July 25, 2012
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Seeks Official Corporate Partners
Legislation Allows New Way for State Agency to Address Budget Gaps
AUSTIN - For the first time, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking Official Corporate Partners to raise additional revenue to help meet financial challenges, including those facing state parks due to drought and wildfires. This new funding strategy was made possible during the last legislative session by the passage of House Bill 1300, in which state lawmakers gave TPWD authority to develop partnerships with private businesses.
For years, TPWD has benefited from working closely with its official non-profit partner, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, to develop corporate sponsorships as well as philanthropic relationships with individuals and private foundations. Now TPWD will also be able to offer a new array of exclusive benefits to Official Corporate Partners, including official partner designation in specific business categories.
"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is a trusted brand, synonymous with outdoor experiences, wildlife, state parks and conservation," said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director. "We believe that this private-public partnership will be a smart business move for the right companies, offering access to a marketplace of millions of outdoor enthusiasts, and recognizing partner roles in helping to preserve state parks and the outdoor lifestyle that are such important parts of our Texas heritage."
The department has targeted a number of business categories in its Request for Proposals (RFP), including automotive, banking, beverage, computer equipment, energy companies, gas station/convenience store, hotel/motel, insurance, mobile phone/wireless, and outdoor apparel. However, the opportunity is open to any interested company, and all business categories will be considered. The RFP also details partnership guidelines and links to agency regulations created to implement HB 1300.
Under TPWD rules to implement the legislation, businesses who are awarded Official Corporate Partnerships will be able to use the official designation in their marketing efforts and work with TPWD to develop joint promotional campaigns. Among other new benefits, partners will be able to license products featuring the department brand and reach millions of web visitors through banner ads on the agency web site.
"To our knowledge, this is the first time any state agency in the U.S. has done anything like this, and we anticipate this will be a learning experience where best practices will evolve over time," said Lydia Saldaña, TPWD communications director. "However, we are approaching this very thoughtfully. Our marketing, legal and administrative teams have spent a great deal of time planning and preparing. We are all mindful that the goal is to help take care of our Texas treasures and carry out our mission."
Companies interested in TPWD's official corporate partner opportunity can see details in the Request for Proposals (RFP) on the agency website. The deadline to submit a proposal is Aug. 30.
On the Net:
RFP: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=101671

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[ Additional Contacts: Lenny Francoeur, Tournament Director, (479) 715-6103 or lenny@toyotatexasbassclassic.com; Adam Harris, Marketing and Communications Director, (919) 531-0500 or adam@toyotatexasbassclassic.com ]
July 25, 2012
Toyota Texas Bass Classic Concerts Highlighted by Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan and Jake Owen
Limited quantity of free tickets available for Sept. 28-30
CONROE--The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will bring an exciting lineup with some of country music's biggest artists to Conroe for free! The Toyota Texas Bass Classic will take place Sept. 28-30 at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center and concerts will be headlined by Dierks Bentley on Friday, Sept. 28, Gary Allan on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Jake Owen on Sunday, Sept. 30.
"Having this trio of country artists at TTBC is exciting," said Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur. "Combined with the championship fishing, outdoor expos and the new BBQ Cook-Off, TTBC has evolved into a world-class event, and we can't wait to return to Conroe this year and bring it all together."
Limited quantities of free tickets are available this year to the three-day outdoor music festival and professional bass fishing world championship. Fans can obtain free tickets online now at toyotatexasbassclassic.com, while supplies last. Tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday individually. Beginning Aug. 15 fans can pick up TTBC tickets at any Toyota dealership or Academy Sports + Outdoors location in the greater Houston area. Walk-up tickets the day of the event will require a donation towards the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and all days are subject to sell out.
The daily tickets are valid for admission into the festival grounds for angler weigh-ins and the concert on that particular day. All activities, including concerts, weigh-ins, Reliant Outdoor Adventures Area and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Expo will take place at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center's festival grounds in Conroe.
CMA Award winning singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley recently released his sixth Capitol Nashville studio album HOME. The new album debuted at No. 1 and has already scored three chart-topping hits "Am I The Only One," "5-1-5-0" and the anthem "Home." Bentley has forged his own brand of country music combining classic country songwriting, influences of bluegrass instrumentation and the energy of rock & roll. His five previous studio albums have earned 10 Grammy nominations, sold over five million albums and scored 10 No. 1 hits. Bentley is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and recently wrapped his headlining Country & Cold Cans Tour which made stops earlier this year in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
A stand-out singer-songwriter whose unique style is instantly recognizable, Gary Allan is an industry veteran who has three Platinum and four Gold albums to his credit. Two of his last three albums have made their debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (all genre chart). He has released four No. 1 singles to country radio ("Man To Man," "Nothing On But The Radio," Tough Little Boys" and "Watching Airplanes") and over a dozen top-10 hits. His guitar-driven, rocked-laced country style dominated his latest album, Get Off on the Pain, and will again be his calling-card on his forthcoming studio album, Set You Free, due early 2013.
Jake Owen has quickly become one of country music's hottest acts, catapulted by his most recent release, Barefoot Blue Jean Night. The album hit No. 1 on the U.S. Country charts, spurring back to back multi-week No. 1 singles, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" and "Alone with You." Owen's first top-5 hit was 2008's "Don't Think I Can't Love You," off Easy Does It. He is currently touring with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw on the Brothers of The Sun Stadium Tour.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, Houston-based band Southern Slang will perform prior to the second round fishing weigh-in. Formed in 2010, Southern Slang plays a mix of classic and southern rock and blues. They recently won the Houston Business Journal Battle of the Business Bands.
The 2012 TTBC will also host a 50-angler field, assembled from the top professional leagues in the world, including the PAA Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series, Bassmaster Elite Series and the Walmart FLW Tour. The format has created a true bass fishing world championship.
The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center is a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located minutes from Lake Conroe and The Woodlands and only 40 minutes north of Houston. The location offers easy access to event activities, local shops and restaurants. For more information visit thelonestar.org.
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic tournament functions are operated by the Professional Anglers Association with technical assistance and support from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Inland Fisheries Division. Title sponsor for the event is Toyota. Other sponsors include: Ricoh, ATX Wheels, Coca-Cola, TXU and U.S. Reel. Corporate partnership opportunities are available for 2012. For additional information, visit toyotatexasbassclassic.com or call (866) 907-0143.
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July 25, 2012
Game Warden Field Notes
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
--If The Shoe Fits… An Ellis County game warden was travelling along I-35 when he witnessed three male subjects pass what appeared to be a marijuana blunt back and forth to each other as they drove. The warden and a deputy constable pulled the car over and the driver and passengers denied smoking and possessing any drugs. After searching the vehicle, the warden found a bag of marijuana stuffed into a shoe box. The driver was arrested for possession of marijuana.
--Boat Accident Leads to Intoxication Arrest: A Polk County game warden received a call about a boat accident on Lake Livingston. The warden responded to the scene and, after viewing the subject involved, suspected they were intoxicated. After a sobriety test, the subject consented to a blood draw and was booked at the Polk County Jail.
--Something Smells Fishy: A commercial shrimp boat in Aransas Bay was apprehended by an Aransas County game warden, Dewitt County game warden and two cadets for displaying bay plates. After searching the boat, game warden's found approximately 3,000 non-game fish but not a single shrimp. The captain of the boat had bait plates on board, and was advised that he would be given an opportunity to clear things up. The captain decided not to correct anything, so citations were issued and all non-game fish were removed from the live wells and released back into the water.
--Drug Possession on Frio Could Sends Man "Up the River": A Uvalde County game warden and Kinney county game warden teamed up to patrol the Frio River out of Concan in northern Uvalde County. A subject who was checked near the Frio River was found to be in possession of about eight grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale. A second-degree felony charge was filed for possession with intent to distribute.
--Indictment Returned in Deer-Burning Case: In January, a Sabine County game warden issued multiple Class C misdemeanor hunting violations against an individual after finding the burned carcass of a white-tailed deer in the man's backyard. After a lengthy investigation, the subject admitted to burning the deer carcass to avoid getting caught by game wardens. The deer had been shot illegally off a major highway in Sabine County. The warden presented the case to a Sabine County grand jury, which on July 17 indicted the man for tampering with evidence, a state jail felony.