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Sugar Land, TX News – Missouri City, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Partnered to Host 2014 State of the City Address

Sugar Land, TX News (June 20, 2014) - Speaking to a packed house on Thursday, June 5, at the City Centre at Quail Valley, Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen delivered his 2014 State of the City Address, highlighting citizen partnerships that have been pivotal to the City’s diverse success and economic development.

Highlighting a range of accomplishments and reflecting on completed goals in his speech, Mayor Owen presented to a wide range of local business leaders such as representatives from the event’s presenting sponsor, Muller Law Group; to area elected officials such as Council members from Missouri City and other Fort Bend cities, Fort Bend ISD Trustees, State Representatives, and Congressmen.

The event was hosted in partnership with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, a long-standing partner of the City that has been vital in welcoming new businesses to Missouri City and hosting various events highlighting the City’s economic development. Chamber Chairman Glenn Smith was on hand to present several of the day’s speakers, including Mayor Owen. Members of the City’s Senior Planning Council were also honored by Mayor Owen as an example of a partnership the City has developed to benefit residents and promote the City’s core principles of City First, Communication and Collaboration.

“Our story is one that features a diversity of strong partnerships. Every day, City officials and staff collaborate to provide excellent services to citizens, businesses, and stakeholders,” Mayor Owen said. “Utilizing strategic policies and goals, City leaders adhere to an alignment to achievement approach, thereby ensuring continuous progress across all operations, including public safety, fiscal management, infrastructure improvements, economic development initiatives, parks programs, and citizen outreach projects.”

Economic successes highlighted by the Mayor include the completed construction of more than 27 new retail, commercial, and industrial buildings over the past year; new buildings adding about 1,037,000 square feet of new nonresidential space; and adding more than 1,000 new jobs to the City.

Almost 400 new housing units – including 120 units in the recently opened senior retirement community The Huntington – were added within City limits. Residential growth in the City’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) in the Riverstone and Sienna planned developments continued; adding more than 700 new residential unites. Based upon this growth, Missouri City projects an addition of about 1,150 residents within City limits and about 2,150 in the City’s ETJ.

“Missouri City and all of our partners are accountable and responsible for the City staying on its course of advancement. Equally required is all of us being fully engaged to ensure the sustainability of the Show Me City’s vast social, economic, political, educational, and cultural wealth,” Mayor Owen said. “The future of our scenic City depends on it.”

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