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As the world fights through this pandemic, it is more important than ever for Missouri City to stay connected with its citizens, stakeholders and partners. And to continue the ongoing community outreach and conversations, Mayor Yolanda Ford will be hosting the first virtual State of the City to share updates on the City’s progress, priorities and projects.
The event will air tomorrow, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. and citizens/partners may watch it live on Missouri City TV via this link: Click Here.
Mayor Ford is the City’s 11th Mayor, first person of color, first female and first African-American to hold the position. She earned a historic election to the Mayor’s office by a majority vote from residents citywide in the Dec. 8, 2018 Runoff Election and is the only female Mayor of color in Fort Bend and Harris Counties. Mayor Ford is also one of only fewer than 30 African-Americans who have won elective office as Mayor nationwide.
Over the past two years in her elected capacity as the Chair of City Council and as the highest office holder of the municipality, Mayor Ford has proactively managed progress in Missouri City through:
LEADING the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by governing operational changes with staff to ensure the safety and well-being of citizens, companies, employees and stakeholders as a top priority; issuing a local disaster of declaration and a local mask order; presiding over dozens of virtual City Council meetings and related proceedings; hosting Food and PPE distributions that provided thousands of families in the community with essential supplies; directing communication of significant updates/advisories to residents, businesses and partners; advising on the video production of key public service announcements; issuing Mayoral advisories that were shared via the City’s outlets; building partnerships with regional entities to secure vital resources; answering critical inquiries from homeowners, businesses and other stakeholders and participating in conference calls with State, County and regional officials. She also serves as the Chair of the 14 METRO Multi-City Coalition.
LISTENING to the residential and commercial concerns first-hand through virtual meetings to identify solutions and opportunities for resolution and collaboration. She also ensures, to honor the excellent contributions of myriad citizens, businesses and stakeholders by presenting them with Mayoral proclamations commending their accomplishments.
REPRESENTING the City at a diversity of grand openings and ribbon cuttings for MCTX businesses and welcoming companies, including the Comcast Technology Center in the Park 8Ninety business complex, the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Sharp Minds Academy, Harvest Market Grocerant, Tropical Smoothie Café and more. In addition, she plays a vital role in expanding the City’s brand through participating in national and regional conferences/events, including forums of the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.; the African American Mayors Association; the Elect Her: Aggie Women Win Conference!; the Asia Society’s Huffington Award Dinner featuring Princess Zahra Aga Khan and her global efforts with the Aga Khan Development Network; the Houston Community College-State of the College; the Windsor Village Annual Women’s Weekend Celebration; the Missouri City Woman’s Club; the State of Black Women Power Hour Reception with the Houston Defender newspaper; the Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, and International Mother Language Day with the Bangladeshi American Community.
EFFECTING change and public discourse on fundamental municipal issues such as fiscal management, public safety, economic development, City branding, infrastructure improvements, planning, zoning and community outreach. She also, recruited citizens from across the City to serve on MCTX boards, committees and commissions, thereby improving programs, services, events and community partnerships.
For more details and to contact, Mayor Ford and the rest of the MCTX Council, visit the City Website.
For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).