New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeltung New Braunfels. Texas
Friday, December 25,1987
Joint efforts boost competitiveness
AUSTIN (AP) — The growing number of U.S. companies that pool resources for cooperative research and development work could make the United States more competitive internationally, a University of Texas researcher says.
Since federal legislation was ap proved in 1984 to allow cooperative research, more than 50 consortia have filed with the U S Justice
On the Road
Subdivision regulations in place since 1960s
By C B. MAC' MCCOY County Engineer
The records indicate that Comal County has had subdivision regula tions since the 1980s The purpose, of course, is to afford the county a means to regulate development to protect the citizens from possible un safe roads, water contamination un sanitary conditions, unnecessary flooding, blight and other undesirable conditions The state authority comes from Vernon’s Statutes. Articles 6626, 6702 and 8280 as well as from the Texas Water Code, Sections 5 and 26 The regulations basically provide for platting and recording the sub division of land, provide public ac cess roads to sufficient standards safe water supply and sewage treat ment. protection of personal rights and promote the general welfare Plats of subdivided land, after be ing surveyed and drawn by a Texas licensed public surveyor are pro cessed at the County Road Depart ment When all requirements have been satisfied the plat is presented for Commissioners Court approval The next step is the construction of the roads to county standards and specifications, and in some cases the construction of water systems and sewage systems to requirements of the Texas Department of Health A performance bond or letter of credit is filed with the county for the dura non of construction When all phases of construction have passed inspection, the roads in the subdivision may be accepted in the county road system
Changes to existing plats are handled with a similar procedure for vacate and replat Also variances to the regulations mac tie allowed bv Commissioners Court in extreme cases
More details of the county s >ub division regulation are available at the Road Department including copies of the regulations which >ell for $5 each
Department, says Michael J Petit in a book just released by UT’s IC 2 Institute
In his book. Industrial Research and Development Consortia, Petit says the use of the consortium technique has evolved because of America's decreased competitiveness in recent years in the world's technology-based markets
‘‘Somewhere in the early '70s the American industrial machine began to wear out By 1983. the U S economy had been transformed from one based on manufacturing and ser vices to that of an information economy,” Petit writes
The shift to information industries requires that economic growth relv
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on technological innovation to keep its competitiveness, he said ‘‘An information economy consists of education, research and develop ment. media and communications, information services and information technology manufacturing,” Petit said “Technology is the common thread that links the sectors of an information economy together "
Because innovation requires risky and expensive research and develop ment work. the cooperative efforts of competing corporations with similar interests ultimately can save time and money. Petit said In addition, companies paying for their own research often will seek
short term financial results, avoiding long term research projects, he said “This bottom-line’ mentality, though rationally justified limits a firm s accumulation of basic knowledge and seriously threatens its ability to compete long term.” Petit said By pooling their efforts, however, several companies can reduce their research costs, share qualified research workers and avoid duplicating efforts A company also may invest its funds in several consortia, thereby increasing the likelihood that it will beneift from a discovery or breakthrough. Petit said
Reagan signs bill to expand park
WASHINGTON (AP) Presi dent Reagan has signed into law a bill that would enlarge Big Bend National Park creating the first addition to the national parks sy stem in Texas since 1972 The bill was the first introduced by freshman Rep Lamar Smith R San Antonio, and its passage gives him the distinction of having a law he drafted enacted into law during his first year Smith s office said Wednesday the president signed the Big Bend bill into law on Tuesday It allows the Texas Nature Con servancy to give the federal government a tract of 67.125 acres known as the North Rosillos Mountains Preserve The addition
the first to the park in 30 years w ill expand its land area by 104 square miles, or about IO percent of its present total The law allows the Interior Department to acquire the land by donation The Parks Service estimates it would cost only about $15,000 annually to maintain the property or less than 23 cents an acre
The land was owned for many years by brothers Edward and Houston Harte who wanted it retained in its natural state, a varied mix of desert, mountains and prairie The Trans Pecos region forms the northern boundary of the Chihuahuan desert
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