(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 for the 2013-2014 term.
Martinez is in her first term as Mayor of the Gulf Coast town 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 will ascend to President of TML in 2015 during the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.
“I am so excited and honored to take on this incredible responsibility,” Mayor Martinez said. “For more than 100 years, TML has worked to protect their member cities, elected officials and dedicated employees who provide services to taxpayers on a daily basis. Cities deliver important services that affect people’s lives and I am energized by the challenges that lay ahead.”
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’s fulfills her passion for making cities the cornerstone of policy discussions are demonstrated by her involvement 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 any city,” Mayor Martinez said. During her terms with TML 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.
“Getting the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress to understand the role of cities requires greater public engagement at the grassroots level,” Mayor Martinez said. “We must learn to utilize technology and communicate with our residents, our stakeholders, and our government leaders in an effective way so they understand the impact their policies and actions have on cities.”