City officials went to Austin three days in January: the 23rd through the 25th. They met with people, and more people. And then they had a nice reception with hundreds of attendees.
Of course, it was at a swanky place, the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel. Must be nice.
Images courtesy of the City of Laredo.
UPDATE: 3/3/2017 KGNS reports on expenses made by City of Laredo.
Money for expenses, according to the city, comes from departmental travel budgets, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and private donations. KGNS reported that 28 city employees went on the trip, as well as all of city council, except Roberto Balli.
$8,683 was spent on materials and supplies. The itemized report provided by the City of Laredo included: $935 for souvenirs; $3,660 for ceramic bowls; and $4,088 for candies for trays and other supplies.