Mayor Martinez Selected as TML President-Elect
(AUSTIN) – On the final day of the Texas Municipal League’s 101st Annual Conference in Austin, Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez was selected as President-elect of the Texas Municipal League (TML) for the 2013-2014 term. Martinez is in her first term as Mayor of the Gulf Coast town of Corpus Christi with a population of more than 300,000, after serving six years on the City Council. Long-active in the TML as a Board and committee member, Martinez was selected from among five candidates who interviewed earlier in the week for the position. Mayor Martinez begins her term as President-elect today (October 11, 2013) and is expected to ascend to President of TML in October 2014, succeeding Fort Worth City Council member Jungus Jordan, just months before the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature convenes.
The Texas Municipal League, formed in 1913, serves the needs and advocates the interests of 1,135 cities and over 16,000 mayors, council members, city managers, city attorneys, and city department heads who are member officials. The League has over 400 associate members from private sector companies, organizations, and individuals striving to provide quality services and products to municipal governments in Texas.
“I know that the most important issues are the ones closest to home – right where we all live,” Mayor Martinez stated. “For more than 100 years, TML has worked across Texas to protect cities, elected officials and dedicated city employees who provide services to taxpayers on a daily basis. Because cities are the government closest to the people it serves, TML remains vigilant to protect the trust taxpayers place in their government, its employees and their elected officials.”
Mayor Martinez is the third Corpus Christi Mayor to become President-elect and later President of the TML. Mayor Luther Jones served as President of TML in 1982 and Mayor S. Loyd Neal, Jr., served as President of TML in 2000.
Mayor Martinez fulfills her passion for cities as the cornerstone of key state and national policy deliberations by actively engaging with the United States Conference of Mayors, where she serves on the water committee and the women mayors’ committee; the National League of Cities; the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Interstate 69 Texas; and the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition. “Water, transportation and workforce infrastructure are critical components to the success of a city,” Mayor Martinez said. “Cities need work closely with the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress to convey the importance of funding, regulations and policies that encourage economic development, job creation, tax base expansion, and protection of our natural resource.”
During her term as TML President-elect, Mayor Martinez pledged to be a strong advocate for a long-term, sustainable water supply for municipal, industrial, agricultural and other water uses. She also said transportation funding to address congestion, mobility, connectivity, safety and multi-modal transportation on both the state and local level must be a high priority for Texas. An educated and well-trained workforce with the skills to take advantage of career opportunities in Texas is another important priority in addressing critical workforce needs.
“Working with our Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress in communicating the central role of cities requires greater public engagement at the grassroots level,” Mayor Martinez said. “Federal and state policies impact local residents everyday life. It is our responsibility to work in partnership with our government leaders, residents, our stakeholders, in an effective way to build successful cities."