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Posted on: December 28, 2018

MCTX Celebrates Another Milestone Year; Remaining One of America’s Best Places to Live, Work & Play

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2018 was another banner year for the “Show Me City” as the region’s most diverse municipality again earned prestigious awards and recognitions, engaged citizens and stakeholders in a series of strategic initiatives and elected its 11th Mayor in a historic runoff election that resulted in a power shift after 24 years.

YIRMCTX also remained one of the nation’s premier residential and commercial communities with two first-class amenities—the Recreation & Tennis Center on Cypress Point Drive and the Quail Valley Golf Course/City Centre on La Quinta Drive. On the home front, the City was ranked the no. 3 location in Texas to buy a house by www.homearea.com, an online real-estate resource for consumers and researchers; Pharr and Beaumont are the only two State cities that ranked higher.

Visitor CenterThe City also continued its economic development growth, its innovative public safety and technology programs and its transformative City Hall Complex upgrades that feature lighting, painting, signage, landscaping, an outdoor performance plaza and facility restrooms.

home2A focus on superior customer service and the City’s Values (mission, vision, credo, code of ideals) were priorities as all employees worked to achieve business plan performance goals and to maintain efficiencies across all operations.

MCTX had numerous accomplishments over the last 12 months, including the following gains:

  • Securing Council adoption of the Economic Development Master Plan
  • Completing six economic development agreements; the projects are anticipated to generate more than $150,000,000 of new capital investment in Missouri City and involve: Comcast, NatureBest, Phillips Edison, Ridge Development, Warren Alloy and Best Buy, which held a grand opening for its 550,000-square-foot facility on Oct. 23. This location is to replenish inventory to more than 70 stores in the Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi region and support customer deliveries. View event photos here: http://bit.ly/2SAZPf3 
  • Being recognized in Verizon’s national “Best Small Cities for Small Businesses” report, which listed the “Show Me City” as one of America’s best places to operate a company in, ranking the area No. 42 in a list of the nation’s top 50: http://bit.ly/2SeFFag  

Finance Awards

  • Receiving accolades for excellence in fiscal stewardship through:
    • Earning the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 30th consecutive year: http://bit.ly/2Cw7ZPU
    • Earning the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 36th consecutive year: http://bit.ly/2PZMFpt 
    • Earning State Comptroller Transparency Stars for “outstanding” online transparency in Traditional Finances and Debt Obligations: http://bit.ly/2LYkaXR; and
    • Receiving an upgraded bond rating from AA- to AA from S&P Global Ratings, a division of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC: http://bit.ly/2EJJWiE
  • Winning a KaBOOM! Playground Grant funded through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and utilizing the monies to host a Build Day with citizen volunteers for a new “Scenic” recreational area at Roane Park: http://bit.ly/2QM9JNy; http://bit.ly/2CxzbOk 
  • Earning Texas Court Clerk’s Association Awards: http://bit.ly/2PY2c9e 
  • Winning multiple tournaments through the City’s first-rate Tennis programs, including this one: http://bit.ly/2QPIstN 
  • Reducing Part I and Part II crimes to record lows citywide over the past five years through the Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) initiative: http://bit.ly/2EHZnHq
  • Implementing a Fire Strategic Plan: http://bit.ly/2rTx6WU 
  • Receiving a $15,000 Rebuild Texas Fund Grant: http://bit.ly/2GGoxJ4 
  • Conducting a 2018 Citizen Survey and releasing results showing that residents have a positive overall perception of the City, and citizen satisfaction with City services is much higher in the “Show Me City” than in other communities: http://bit.ly/2RbSC7v 
  • Prioritizing sidewalk and pavement repairs based on a needs assessment in strategic alignment with Council approved funding
  • Facilitating the presentation of Clean Restaurant Awards to 64 food establishments
  • Hosting about 53,618 round of golfs, 100 tournaments, 42 golf and 320 non-golf events at the Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre. Facility also set a single day record for rounds of golf played with 410 rounds on Friday, March 30.
  • Issuing more than 4,056 permits as of Dec. 27, with an estimated $330,140,834.39 in project value; and, collecting approximately $1,891,553,95 in permit fees. More than $283,371.06 was collected in alarm permit fees as of Dec. 27.
  • Implementing a new compensation and benefits study: http://bit.ly/2BCcE4q 
  • Hiring the first Animal Services Manager: http://bit.ly/2Q0B3CL
  • Launching two new MCTX-METRO transit services: the 363 Community Connector and 364 Flex Route to enhance mobility for residents, stakeholders and visitors: http://bit.ly/2GO9EnU 

These achievements are indicative of the quality public service all team members strive to provide to residents, businesses and stakeholders. To view a comprehensive list of accomplishments for each City department/division, which are also included in the Fiscal Year 2019 General Fund Adopted Budget, visit this City website page: http://bit.ly/2rRgKxN 

Mayor Ford Swearing InThe City experienced another historic milestone in December after a transition in Council leadership with the election of Mayor Yolanda Ford in the Dec. 8 Runoff Election. Ford, who won 51.95 percent of the vote citywide over long-serving Mayor Allen Owen, is the first female and first person of color to serve in the role.

After being sworn into office by Presiding Judge Debra Sinclair in the presence of hundreds of guests who filled the Chambers, the foyer and the City Hall Lobby at the Dec. 17 Regular City Council Meeting, Ford said: “I just want to take this opportunity to thank God, my parents, my family and everyone who supported me to get to this point. I sincerely appreciate it. And, I know we have a lot of differences, but with that, we have to learn to appreciate our differences so that we can work together to get things done.”

Preston Swearing InThen, Mayor Ford proceeded to conduct her first official action of the meeting by administering the oath-of-office to At-Large Position #2 Councilmember Chris Preston, who won his third term with 64.19 percent of the vote citywide in the Dec. 8 runoff contest. Later in the meeting, Preston, who also won terms in 2014 and 2016, was elected by Council to be the City’s Mayor Pro Tem.

EdwardsPearsonAlso, as part of the City’s first November General Election cycle, Vashaundra Edwards was elected to At-Large Position #1 and Reginald Pearson was appointed by Council to fill the District A Vacancy that became available when Ford ran for Mayor. 

Other current Councilmembers serving are: Jeffrey Boney (District B), Anthony Maroulis (District C) and Floyd Emery (District D). 

In addition to the City’s “Show Me” spirit being in full force at the inauguration ceremony, it was also evident throughout the year as staff launched the First Annual Public Administration Day, hosted the Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration, Second Annual Mother’s Day Cake Decorating Event, Second Annual Leadership NOW Symposium, and partnered with citizens for the annual Dad & Daughter Dance, July 4th Festival, National Night Out block parties, Stuff the Squad Car & Fire Truck, Shrimp Boil Tennis Tournament and the 3rd Annual Community Night Out Festival, which drew record attendance from across the region.

“Missouri City is thriving because of our strong partnerships with citizens and stakeholders,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes, who was appointed to serve on the Board of the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) in August: http://bit.ly/2Lz5uz3. “Our exemplary teams manage quality municipal programs and our stewardship of taxpayer dollars is rated at the highest standards by financial agencies nationwide. In the New Year, staff will continue to build on the City’s reputation as a safe community with beautiful neighborhoods, to attract viable commercial and retail enterprises, to renovate and maintain the infrastructure and to expand recreational opportunities.”

In 2019, citizens and City partners are also invited:

  • To attend all public meetings including those held by City Council: http://bit.ly/2ENSLHJ, the Planning & Zoning Commission:  http://bit.ly/2GET7mt and the Parks Board: http://bit.ly/2SeMV5T;
  • To monitor operational progress on the City’s website: www.missouricitytx.gov;
  • To prepare for an emergency by visiting www.missouricityready.com;
  • To watch us on Missouri City Television: Ch. 16 on Comcast/Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse; 
  • To join us on social media: Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX/@MissouriCityEM and Nextdoor;
  • To download the MCTX Mobile App (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store); and
  • To participate in the Police & Fire Academy: http://bit.ly/2ELfML3, the Citizens’ University Program: http://bit.ly/2T9rOln and the Municipal Volunteer Program: http://bit.ly/2BDFkXn 

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead this great City through the next phase of its growth and development in partnership with all constituencies,” said Mayor Ford. “My fellow Councilmembers and I are fully committed to help keep our budgets balanced, our streets safe, our economy thriving, and our infrastructure strong. We look forward to a progressive and prosperous New Year.”

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