Petrochemical interests started to bring together the communities of Southeast Texas and West Louisiana early last year.
Hurricane Rita cemented that connection.
Business leaders and politicians from both sides of the state line reaffirmed their partnership and common goals Sunday on the hurricane's first anniversary.
They gathered at a business lunch at Sanderson's Restaurant and Bar.
The steakhouse off US Highway 69 is where four thousand meals a day were cooked for first responders when Rita hit.
Rita struck along the Texas-Louisiana border, killing at least eleven people in the two states.
More than 100 died in the pre-storm evacuation of Houston, in accidents and exposure deaths.