Lubbock was one of the four finalist locations in 2005 when bids were being accepted for the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Representatives went to Washington D.C to attempt to get the library on Texas Tech's campus. Even though the bid failed, it still shed good light on Lubbock.
President of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Eddie McBride said, "Even though I think that most folks knew, potentially, that it was going to be an uphill battle, that we didn't have much of a chance. We really felt like we, the package that they presented, I think, was very competitive, they did a very good job."
In addition to Tech, Baylor and the University of Dallas also made a pitch for the project. The library went to Laura Bush's alma mater Southern Methodist University.