September 14, 2015 - Washington, D.C. – Building America’s Future (BAF) and the City of Houston, Texas are pleased to announce that Mayor Annise Parker has joined BAF as a member. Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition of current and former elected officials, is co-chaired by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (R), and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D).
Mayor Parker has made infrastructure a priority of her administration. Under her watch, the City has taken steps to ensure the future financial viability of its water and sewer department, obtained voter approval of a pay-as-you-go streets and drainage improvement program, expanded light rail, implemented a complete streets program and embarked on creation of the City’s first General Plan to help guide future development decisions.
“Houston has one of the hottest economies in the nation and we’ve been a top producer of jobs for several years,” said Mayor Parker. “There are more people moving here than anywhere else in the nation. We have to plan for the demands of this increased growth or face a declining quality of life. I look forward to sharing our approach and learning the best practices of others around the nation as a member of Building America’s Future.”
“We are pleased to welcome Mayor Parker as a new member of BAF,” said Building America’s Future President Marcia Hale. “The work that Annise Parker has done in Houston to improve the city’s outdated surface infrastructure and her robust transit plan has helped to spearhead a very positive economic resurgence in this quickly-expanding metropolitan area. Even though she will leave office at the end of the year, we are looking forward to working with Mayor Parker through the remainder of her tenure and in the future.”
For more information about Building America’s Future’s membership, visit the organization’s website here: http://www.bafuture.com/members
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