Texas City’s Strengths and Strengths

Editorial: Resign already, Councilmembers Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo

Letters | | November 18, 2012

Editor’s note: The following is a letter to the editor that was published in this week’s edition of the Laredo Morning Times.

Dear Editor:

On May 2, 2012, the Texas City Council voted 5-2 to adopt the City of Texas City’s General Plan that will guide future growth in the city and define the role of the city as it relates to the region. The vote marked the first time a Texas City council has unanimously approved a general plan for the future of the city. This was an exciting moment for a city that so often seems to lack direction.

The city’s success is due to its many strengths. First and foremost, Texas City attracts quality residents in general because of its many advantages: excellent schools, excellent quality of life, great recreation and amenities, and, of course, the Texas City airport. These are the same assets that attract businesses to the city because our businesses are growing at a rapid rate due to the quality of life that they enjoy here.

One of our greatest strengths is that we serve as a catalyst for the growth of the region. Many of the economic benefits that Texas City enjoys are due to the city’s role as a regional transportation hub, yet the city has not been able to adequately develop its role as a regional transportation hub because it has not kept up with other regional centers. We are currently a regional transportation hub because we are an extremely important airport, but we are not as important as other major regional airports. This can be attributed to the fact that Texas City is not as well known as other airports in the region.

We also need to keep developing our role as a regional transportation hub. The City of Dallas, Austin, and Houston are all large regional airports. We have the potential to grow when we develop our position as a

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